Zion Lutheran Preschool got an early Christmas present this year.
The Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue KISS (“Kids in Safety Seats”)
program helped facilitate the installation of eight new high-back booster
seats in the preschool’s transport van; another two are on their
way from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.
“We are so grateful to the Office of Traffic Safety for sharing these
seats with one of our community members in need,” said KISS Lead
Technician Gricelda Soto, “and we are so grateful that we have the
skills and know-how to do our part locally.”
According to Zion Lutheran Preschool Director Elizabeth Dyches, a recent
state inspection revealed the school’s booster seats needed an update
for optimum safety.
Soto said older car seats and booster seats expire after six years; some
newer models expire after 10 years.
“It’s very common to not realize that seats expire,”
said Soto, “so we were happy to update the models for Zion Lutheran
to provide a higher level of safety.”
Soto said the belt-positioning booster seats are the next logical step
for children ages 4-8 who have outgrown a harness car seat. By ages 8-12,
children are usually large enough to use a seat belt in the back seat.
Soto worked with certified technicians Freddie Ziemer and Amy Lake to complete
the install. On behalf of the entire preschool, Dyches expressed how appreciative
she was of the service.
According to Soto, Humboldt General Hospital has made a sizeable investment
in the agency’s Child Passenger Safety program. Multiple crew members
are now certified through Safe Kids Worldwide to inspect and install child
protective seats at fixed locations such as the local EMS station.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that
correctly used child restraints are even more effective than seat belts
at reducing fatalities. Still, research shows 73 percent of child restraints
are installed incorrectly and would reasonably result in serious injury
or death to a child.
Soto said she and her crew members are available by appointment to install
new car seats as well as conduct safety checks on currently installed
seats. All seats are checked for compatibility with participants’
car models to ensure children are in appropriately sized seats for their
height and weight.
“As a group, we are committed to ensuring every child is properly
restrained while in a motor vehicle,” said Soto. “Our goal
is very simple: prevent disability and death among the youngest members
of our community.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (775) 623-5222,