Precious cargo on board? This is how IPR celebrated Mother’s Day
There is no greater love than the love a mother has for her child. On the weekend of May 11th thru May 13th, we celebrated Mother’s Day to honor those we love, and what better way to do that than to keep a child safe.
This Mother’s Day, Injury Prevention Resources, SageWest Lander & Riverton Hospital started one family off on the road to safety. As part of the Gift of a Mother’s Love Program, sponsored by Safe Kids Wyoming, Wyoming Department of Health and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, the first baby born on or closest to May 13th at SageWest Lander Hospital was presented with a brand new infant child safety seat and other safety devices to help ensure their safety.
The winner for SageWest in Lander is Miranda C’Hair and Antonio Duran, along with their new baby boy, Zariah Duran!
Karla Borders, Safety Outreach Coordinator for Fremont County Safe Kids, said that in today’s traffic conditions, vehicle occupants of any age are in constant danger. There are more vehicles on the road that are traveling at higher speeds with more distractions for the driver, such as cell-phones, GPS navigation systems, and on-board music and DVD players, just to name a few. These increased risks affect not just the driver but everyone in the car, especially our children.
Safe Kids Wyoming states that the primary goal this year is to remind all parents and other adults that in Wyoming children younger than 9-years-old need to be in a child safety seat or booster seat, unless the lap and shoulder belt fit properly across the collarbone, chest and hips of the child and does not pose danger to the neck, face or abdominal area in event of a car crash or sudden stop.
Noel Cooper Executive Director of Injury Prevention Resources stated that as children grow, how they sit safely in a car, truck, van or SUV changes. The following 4 Steps for Kids can help:
- Use rear-facing infant seats in the back seat from birth to at least two years of age.
- Use forward-facing toddler seats in the back seat from age two to about age four and forty pounds.
- Use booster seats in the back seat from about age four to at least age nine, and
- Use safety belts in the back seat at age nine and older.
Remember, all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat and to follow the instructions on the child car seats and compare with your vehicles owner’s manual.
Some parents or caregivers may regard car seats as a hassle to use or a pain to convince their children to use. But Cooper said that protecting the ones you love means getting past the temporary complaints and perceived hassles. “Use a child safety seat because you love them,” he said.
Fremont County Safe Kids works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children 14 and under. Fremont County Safe Kids is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. Thanks to the sponsors for this event;