SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Health departments in Chatham, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties were awarded the 2022 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the state.

Funds from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Injury Prevention Program will help the local health departments educate parents and caregivers on car seats and provide car and booster seats to families who are eligible financially.

According to the DPH, since 2007, the grant has prevented serious injury or death and saved over 425 of Georgia children who were involved in crashes.

DPH says car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk.

For more information about the car seat program, call your local health department:

Appointments are required for car seat inspection or distribution.