Free Car Seat Safety Check Event Scheduled for Dec. 4|
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Shopping for a child safety seat can be a daunting task for new parents.
That’s why Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville and the Comanche County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to offer free car seat checks from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The event will be held in the Comanche Court House parking lot. For more information on the event, call 254-965-1262.
Securing children properly in age- and size-appropriate child safety seats, in the back seat of your vehicle, is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash. And with new state laws requiring children up to age 8 to be in a child restraint, depending on their age, height, and weight, parents aren’t just shopping for babies and toddlers anymore. All 50 states require the use of child safety seats because they do save lives.
Even with these new laws, motor vehicle traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for children age 3 and older.
In 2006, an estimated 425 children younger than 5 years old were saved by child restraints, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Using child safety seats reduces the risk of fatal injury in a car crash by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers tips to parents trying to sort their way through the car safety seat maze. The group recommends that parents keep the following tips in mind:
The good news is that a majority of parents buckle up their children in child safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts. However, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used properly, which is a grave risk when traveling.
If you can’t make it out on December 4, Texas Health Stephenville offers free car seat checks each month on the third Wednesday. To schedule a free car seat check, please call 1-877-THR-WELL.
“On this day, parents have the chance to visit with a certified child passenger safety technician, which will inspect their child’s safety seat and provide hands on advice, instructions, and installation demonstrations,” said Jennifer McMeens R.N., clinical educator at Texas Health Stephenville.
Even if you’ve had your child’s seat inspected before, it never hurts to have a refresher. So don’t miss out on free child safety seat inspections. For more information on car seats, visit TexasHealth.org or healthychildren.org.
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