Roundup for Safety grant helps kids stay safe in their seats

A $4,000 grant from Roundup for Safety was awarded to the Safe Kids Safe Communities Coalition of the Flathead City-County Health Department for their car seat program. In her application, Wendy Olson Hansen noted that motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of unintentional injury and death for children under the age of 14.

“One in three children who were killed in a motor vehicle crash were unrestrained,” Hanson says. But the good news, she adds, is that child passenger fatalities have decreased significantly in the last ten years, primarily due to the proper use of cars seats. “By funding the purchase of car seats to be distributed to families in need, the safety of children being transported will be directly impacted.” Hanson goes on to explain that the entire family’s safety is addressed, since they stress the importance of seat belt usage to all vehicle occupants.

Hanson says many families can only afford outdated car seats or those that are too small for their children. She says the Roundup for Safety grant will help them outfit their kids with new seats that are age and weight appropriate. The car seats will be provided and properly installed during various safety events in Flathead and Lincoln Counties throughout the year.

In addition to the funds awarded to the Safe Kids Safe Communities Coalition, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board awarded a $1,500 grant to the Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp for safety equipment and netting, bringing the total awarded at the January 12 meeting to $5,500.

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community nonprofit safety projects. The Co-op is grateful to all who participate in enhancing the safety of our community. For additional information about the program, call Mike Radel at 406-751-4429 or visit Roundup for Safety.