Child Passenger Safety Grantees
The City of Atlanta Fire Department has 33 fitting stations located throughout the city open seven days per week from 8:00a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Each fitting station has a certified child safety seat technician on staff. Parents or caregivers can access these services by calling the car seat hot line, (404) 546-4444, or by visiting the Atlanta Fire Rescue site through www.atlantaga.gov. In addition to serving as a fitting station, the City of Atlanta Fire Department hosts and assists with events throughout the metro area that provide financially eligible families with child safety seats and education.
The Department of Public Health's Child Occupant Safety Program currently has six successful initiatives focused on child passenger safety:
1) CPS Mini-Grant - provides education on car seat use to income eligible families in over 135 counties.
2) Teddy Bear Sticker Program - car seats and booster seats with teddy bear stickers are eligible for replacement through the Teddy Bear Sticker Program when the car seat or booster seat has been involved in a motor vehicle crash.
3) “Keeping Kids Safe” Hospital Training - trains hospital staff in basic child passenger safety and angle tolerance testing for premature and low birth weight infants.
4) Special Healthcare Needs - educates and provides technical assistance to partners and families regarding safe transportation of children with special healthcare needs.
5) Safe School Buses - addresses challenging issues for school transportation, including transportation of preschool-age children and children with special healthcare needs.
6) Law Enforcement Training - increases law enforcement officers' understanding and enforcement of Georgia's CPS law.
Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) is the primary entity providing Child Passenger Safety Technician training in Georgia, certifying more than 200 technicians a year and offering ongoing support to technicians and instructors throughout Georgia. GTIPI also conducts child safety seat check events, inviting parents and caregivers to have their child safety seats inspected and to be trained on proper installation. GTIPI also inspects child safety seats for parents and caregivers by appointment.
* This grant is focused on training. While GTIPI is an inspection station and is available for appointments to check car seats, there are no car seats available for distribution.
DeKalb Safe Communities has two main programs dedicated to Child Passenger Safety:
1. Car Seat 101 is a class designed to teach DeKalb County parents, grandparents and caregivers how to properly install a child safety seat, including booster seats. Cost of the class is $10 for parents who are receiving WIC, Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids. Only Dekalb County residents can participate.
2.Safe Communities Booster Seat/ Seat Belt program is designed to educate children in Pre K- 2nd grade about the importance of wearing a seat belt while riding in a car.