[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you drive in South Florida, you know it can be precarious – sometimes even dangerous. And that of course means any young passengers in a vehicle are also at risk.
According to the Centers for Disease Control motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children in the United States and child restraint use is the most effective method for reducing these deaths.
Keeping safety as a top priority for Miami Beach residents, the Miami Beach Fire Department is now offering a free service to educate adults on the value and necessity of child safety seats. Residents simply need call to set an appointment and one of the ten fire department members, now certified technicians for safety seats, will offer expert assistance.
“We want our children to be safe in the cars,” explains Lt. David Garcia of the Miami Beach Fire Department. “The purpose of the program is to train parents or caregivers and teach them how to properly install the car seats.”
This free service is available 7 days a week at Miami Beach Fire station number two, located at 2300 Pine Tree Drive. It’s another example of Miami Beach seeking new ways to enhance public safety and improve quality of life.
“It says a lot about our leadership because they want us to be ready and provide a service that the community needs and we are now offering that training.”
To schedule an appointment, contact Lt. David Garcia, Miami Beach Fire Department at 305-673-7123 ext. 2834