Desert Kids Safety
TMC for Children believes that injury is preventable. Preparing for your child’s safety is an important part of being a parent. Making your child’s environment safe starts with you ... and the Desert Kids Safety program is here to help. By providing you with life-saving products, we know that Southern Arizona families are better equipped to keep children safe. In partnership with the TMC Foundation, the Desert Kids Safety program offers FREE bike helmets, gun locks, smoke detectors and other important home safety products. Access is simple! Call today for an appointment – (520) 324-5604.
In 2009, 82 children died as the result of motor vehicle crashes in Arizona. Sixty percent of these children were not properly restrained. TMC is committed to your child’s safety and offers a variety of car seat program and resources easily accessible to families. Each year TMC loans over 1,200 car seats to families in need. From car seats for our smallest babies to special needs equipped car seats, we can help you. As the lead agency for Safe Kids Tucson, TMC has access to more than 150 certified child passenger safety seat technicians in Southern Arizona who can assist with proper fit and installation.
Recommendations for children of all ages:
- 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 back seat.
Boost Your Booty:
We know that children age 5 and older are often at the most risk for injury and death in a vehicle crash. Boost Your Booty offers age and weight appropriate booster seats for children at the best price around - FREE!
And it's the law! Arizona's children over age 5 must be restrained in a booster seat until age 8 or a height of 4'9".
At TMC we are proud of our community partners who share our vision to improve the health and well-being of children and families. From 2006 through 2012, Kohl’s Cares granted the TMC Foundation over $324,000 for booster seats for kids. Those monies are used exclusively for booster seats for the children of Southern Arizona ... that’s about 3,000 each year. Thank you Kohl's Cares!
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, (520) 324-5604.
Car Safety Resources:
- TMC's Car Seat Program
- Tucson Car Seat Fitting Stations
- For a car seat safety presentation, please call (520) 324-1065.
Protect Children Around Vehicles
Bike Helmets -FREE through TMC’s Desert Kids Safety Program, (520) 324-5604.
Your child should always wear a helmet. About 800 people in the United States are killed in bicycle accidents each year, most of them from head injuries. A child is four times more likely to be seriously injured in a bicycle crash than to be kidnapped by a stranger. Parents should set the example for all children by wearing an approved helmet every time they ride a bike. Always be "head smart" and never allow your child to ride without a helmet.
- Bike helmets for children -- toddlers through teens -- are available through the Desert Kids Safety program, (520) 324-5604.
- Fitting information is available to ensure your child's helmet has the correct fit and adjustments.
Gun Locks - FREE at TMC’s Desert Kids Safety Program, (520) 324-5604
Although most parents practice good safety behaviors such as using car seats and keeping poisons out of the reach of children, a 2000 study published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that about 35 percent of children in the United States live in homes that have at least one handgun or firearm.
- 43% of households with children have at least one firearm that is not stored in a locked location and does not have a trigger lock (or similar device) in place.
- 9% have one or more firearms stored unlocked and loaded.
- 4% store firearms unlocked, unloaded and with ammunition.
What does this mean to you?
- Children who live in households with guns are at greater risk for unintentional firearm injuries. The best way to keep your child safe is to remove all guns from your home.
- If you do decide to keep a gun in your home, store it unloaded in a locked place away from children. Store the ammunition separately from the gun in a locked container, and store the keys in a safe spot.
For further information and education, call (520) 324-5604. The Desert Kids Safety Program is located on the TMC campus close to the Southeast Entrance.