This past Saturday, September 8, the 2nd Annual Red CARpet Event took place at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. This star-studded event was attended by celebrity parents and VIPS to help raise awareness about the critical importance of child passenger safety.
The Red CARpet Event was hosted by former Miss USA Ali Landry, Safe Kids Worldwide and BRITAX Child Safety to help spread the word about National Child Passenger Safety Week coming up on September 17 – 22, 2012.
Since I have a passion for spreading car seat safety awareness and keeping our little ones as safe as possible in vehicles, I was honored to join celebrities such as Ali Landry, Tiffani Thiessen, Alison Sweeney and Constance Zimmer at this red carpet event.
It was a family affair with all types of activities for the kids including a giant trampoline, face painting, and a Nestle Reading Nook. How cute is Mark Deklin and his 4 year old daughter, Kylie, who visited the face painter?!?
Lakeshore Learning activity tables were set up in the middle of the event for kids to unleash their creative side. Besties, Harper (mom is Tiffani Thiessen) and Simone (dads are The Guncles), had a great time crafting.
Keeping the kids busy at the event was great but the mission was to spread car seat awareness. Celebrities tweeted their favorite safety tips to followers and BRITAX donated $2,000 to Safe Kids, a non-profit whose mission is to prevent unintentional childhood injury, in honor of the celebrity autographs collected at the event.
In addition, it was great to see the SLS Hotel parking lot turn into a car seat check with Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPS Techs) installing more than 30 BRITAX car seats and booster seats for the event guests. Event host, Ali Landry, who is a certified CPS Tech, even got in on the action helping to install car seats.
The grim reality is that every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In fact, motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are the leading cause of death for children age 3 and older. Installing car seats correctly and securing children properly is the most effective combination of steps to protecting them in the event of a crash, yet sadly, roughly 75% of car seats are not installed or used correctly. This is an epidemic that we need to change!
Even though this was a private event, you can still take advantage of getting your car seat checked and making sure it is installed correctly by visiting a car seat check in your area. Check the Safe Kids website for a location, date and time near you.
We will have more information and big surprises next week to celebrate and help spread the word about National Child Passenger Safety Week! Make sure you join us September 17-22, 2012 on BabyGizmo.com.