Sept. 18-24, 2016 is National Child Passenger Safety Week and to help raise awareness, Safe Kids Macon County is partnering with Safe Kids Jackson County to host “Buckle Up Baby, a free car seat checking station this Saturday at the Macon County Fair.
“About 75 percent of all car seats are installed incorrectly and despite parents doing their best to keep their little ones safe, it can be really difficult,” said Safe Kids Macon County Chairman Brittney Burns. “I have a three-year-old son and I am constantly taking his seat in and out so it is nice to be able to have a certified technician double check the installation to make sure he is as safe as possible in his car seat.”
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. Getting safety information and car seat instructions to parents and caregivers is crucial to saving young lives. Of those children ages 8 and under who died in vehicle crashes in 2014, 26 percent were not restrained by an age-appropriate device such as an infant seat, booster seat or seat belt.
Safe Kids hosts child restraint inspection events across the country. At these events, certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians teach families how to transport children correctly. They also help make sure everyone in a vehicle is buckled up on every ride. Most events are open to the public. You’ll find them in central locations such as General Motors dealerships, hospitals, community centers and shopping centers around the country. In addition to checking car seats this weekend, Safe Kids member will be passing out information to help parents learn what seat is best for their child.
Safe Kids Macon County has also established a permanent child passenger safety checking station at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. As a permanent checking station, parents and caregivers can stop by the Sheriff’s Office during normal business hours and have their seat checked by a certified technician.
“As a coalition, we are working to establish more permanent checking stations throughout the entire county,” said Burns. “We have certified technicians at the Sheriff’s Annex office downtown, the Franklin Police Department, and with several fire departments in the county. We want to make sure that all families in Macon County have access to resources to keep their children safe while riding in the car.”
Buckle Up Baby will have free popcorn, safety information, free giveaways, and raffle items. The checking station will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.