The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District was granted a reimbursement-based grant through the Oregon Department of Transportation to provide child passenger seat services to the community. The grant provides up to $1,200 over the next 10 months to assist in purchasing supplies needed to conduct a child safety seat program and requires an in-kind match from the District of 25%. This match will be met by volunteers conducting child safety seat checks for the community throughout the year.
Why does the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District want to provide this service? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%. Most car seats are either installed incorrectly, or do not fit the child properly. Providing education to caregivers about how to properly buckle their children is a simple and highly effective way to make a difference.
The next car seat checkup event will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Sisters Fire Station, located at 301 South Elm Street in Sisters. Seats will be checked by nationally certified car seat technicians for proper installation and recall information. Caregivers will then be assisted in installing their child’s seat properly.
For questions or further information, please contact Heather Miller, Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Volunteer at 541-729-5791.