Watauga Medics supports Safe Kids Child Passenger Safety Program
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that:
- 75% of motor vehicle crashes occur within 25 miles of the home.
- 60% of crashes occur on roads with posted speed limits of less than 40 mph.
- Motor vehicle crashes account for nearly 42% of all unintentional childhood injury related deaths for children 14 years of age and under.
That's why Watauga Medics is proud to support the Safe Kids Child Passenger Safety Program for Watauga County residents.
Vehicle safety has always been a great concern of Watauga Paramedics and EMTs, especially where kids are concerned. Our goal is to raise the awareness of the importance of properly securing all children in age-appropriate child safety seats, boosters or seat belts - every trip, every time. This offers the best protection for children during a crash.
Child restraint systems are 71% effective in reducing deaths for infants and 54% effective in reducing toddler deaths. Car seats in passenger cars reduce the need for hospitalization of children in accidents by 69%. Safe Kids Worldwide reports that young children restrained in child safety seats have an 80% lower risk of fatal injury than those who are unrestrained.
Watauga Medics holds several events around the county each year where qualified staff members offer training and advice to parents on the proper installation and use of child safety seats and boosters. We're also available for one-on-one consultations at our primary ambulance base and headquarters located at 921 West King Street in Boone or by phone at (828) 264-9486.
If you are a Watauga County resident in need of a car seat and are unable to afford one, ask about our assistance program.
Learn more about Safe Kids >