Texas Health Stephenville Hosting Free Car Seat Checks
04/22/2009

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Texas Health Methodist Hospital Stephenville will hold a free car seat check day from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 25 in Dublin. The event will be held in the Dublin City Hall parking lot.

During the free event, parents will be able to have car seats checked and will learn if a new seat is required. Hospital officials will check to see if the car seat is appropriate for the age, weight and size of the child, as well as if it is positioned in the safest place of the car, if the seat belts are being used correctly and if the seat is safe to use.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children remain in a child safety seat until eight years of age, or reaches 4 feet 9 inches or 80 pounds. The SAFE KIDS campaign estimates that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children, with more than 270,000 children injured and more than 1,765 children killed every year.

“Car seats can help save children’s lives,” said Texas Health Stephenville Clinical Educator Jennifer McMeens. “Child passenger safety technicians would rather install a car seat correctly and prevent injuries than to have an injured child come into our hospital because their car seat was installed incorrectly. We can help prevent that from happening and we want to keep children from getting hurt in our community.”

Many parents are unaware of the recommendations for child safety seats. For example, all infants should ride rear-facing in either an infant car seat or convertible seat and toddlers should remain rear-facing in a convertible car seat until they have reached the maximum height and weight recommended for the model, or at least the age of 2. Also, according to carseat.org, car seats have expiration dates because weather can cause the material to deteriorate.

“Having the proper safety seat in place, and installed correctly, is a crucial step to keeping children safe,” McMeens said.

For more information on the event, call 254-965-1262. The Safe Riders Traffic Safety Program is supporting the event. Safe Riders is sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services with help from the Texas Department of Transportation. For more information on child safety seats, visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/saferiders or www.usa.saferiders.org.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.