Texas Health Stephenville Hosting Free Car Seat Checks|
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.
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