Child Safety Awareness Day

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Child Safety Awareness DayCertified Technicians Will Check Car Seats and Teach Car Seat Safety on National Seat Check Saturday.  

IMPERIAL COUNTY – The Imperial County Public Health Department, U.S. Border Patrol, California Highway Patrol, Imperial County Children & Families First Commission and the Office of Senator Ben Hueso will join Burlington Coat Factory this Saturday to bring child safety information to local families during the Child Safety Awareness Day event.  Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians from partnering agencies will be offering car seat inspections and education at no cost to parents and caregivers on Saturday, September 19, beginning at 8:00 am in front of Burlington Coat Factory in El Centro.  The event is part of “National Seat Check Saturday,” and will also include lessons on how to choose the right car seats for children, how to install and use them correctly as well as information on bike and pedestrian safety.

“Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts are often used incorrectly,” said Chris Herring, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency Manager, “and every 34 seconds in 2013, one child under age 13 was involved in a crash.  No parents want to ever get it wrong when it comes to their children’s safety. That’s why we’re hosting this consumer education event on National Seat Check Saturday.  Parents can come out and know for sure that their kids are secure in their car seats.”  Parents and caregivers interested in having their child’s car seat inspected by a certified technician during this event are encouraged to call 760-335-3442 to schedule an appointment.  In addition, U.S. Border Patrol staff will be discussing bicycle safety and sharing helpful safety tips with children at their booth.

Officer German Lazarin, Public Information Officer for the California Highway Patrol stated, “motor vehicles crashes are a leading killer of children, and the latest research shows that 59 percent of car seats are misused.  Using age-and size-appropriate car seats and installing them correctly is one of the best ways to reduce these deaths.”

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Seat Check Saturday is part of Child Passenger Safety Week, September 13-19. The week is dedicated to teaching parents and caregivers about the importance of correct installation and use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.

NHTSA recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, he/she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness. After outgrowing the forward-facing car seats, children should be placed in booster seats until they’re big enough to fit seat belts properly without help from a booster seat. The safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seat of the car.