Promoting Child Passenger Safety: A Toolkit for Pre-Hospital Providers

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals know the devastating consequences of incorrect child restraint use in cars. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death for children, and pre-hospital providers are often the first on the scene to help. Many of the most severe injuries pre-hospital providers see among children in car crashes are due to improper seat belt and car seat use. In 2019, roughly 38% of U.S. children 12 and younger who died in a crash were not buckled up. Reasons for improper child restraint use include: limited awareness of the safest way to restrain children in motor vehicles, complicated guidelines for choosing appropriate restraints, physical challenges related to properly installing car and booster seats, and financial barriers that limit options and can result in deprioritizing transportation safety. EMS professionals are reliable, ever-present, and trusted providers. As such, they can play a critical role in community-based injury prevention efforts, including child passenger safety. This toolkit is intended to provide information and guidance to EMS personnel and others who want to help parents and caregivers safely transport children. Here you will find information and resources about establishing Child Passenger Safety (CPS) programs, including inspection and installation stations and educational events.

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