Resources and Advocacy
TMC for Children offers a variety of safety and educational programs for the community. Programs include education and information as well as inexpensive access to boster seats, car seats and bike helmets for those who qualify.
- Select a car seat based on your child's age, height, and weight.
- Keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as your child fits the seat's height and weight requirements.
- All children under 13 should ride in the backseat
Hundreds of children have died in this country as a result of being left unattended in a vehicle. Temperatures in a vehicle can climb quickly and be devastating to a child. On a 100 degree day your car can reach 124 degrees within 15 minutes. On an 89 degree day your car can reach 108 degrees within 20 minutes.
Boost Your Booty:
Booster Seats Save Lives
Booster seats are recommended for children ages 5 through 8 weighing between 40-80 pounds. Boosters should always be used in the rear seat with lap and shoulder belts.
Facts about booster seats:
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 5 through 8 years old. Many of these children are not properly restrained.
- For children 5 through 8 years old, belt-positioning booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to seat belts alone. However, most children in this age group are currently, and incorrectly, restrained by seat belts designed for adults.
- It is recommended that children between 40 and 80 pounds and up to 4 feet 9 inches tall should use a belt-positioning booster seat in the back seat of the car.
- When children are allowed to ride in seat belts, they can suffer serious internal injuries, slip out of the belt or be ejected from the vehicle during a crash.
- Booster seats allow children a comfortable ride while ensuring the adult seat belt fits appropriately across the child’s shoulder and thighs.
Kids love booster seats because they move easily from vehicle to vehicle and they raise the child's viewing level.
Call today for an appointment and FREE booster seat through the Desert Kids Safety Program at TMC - (520) 324-5604
TMC HealthCare’s Recipes for a Healthy Family helps parents and their children lead healthy lives and have fun cooking. The cookbook promotes healthy food choices, at-home meal preparation and family dining. Parents and children learn important nutritional information about the food they are eating and helpful safety tips for preparing meals at home• Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 5 through 8 years old. Many of these children are not properly restrained.
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