Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Free Child Safety Seat Checks Scheduled for May


April 24, 2013   
     Free child safety seat checks will be offered on the first three Saturdays in May from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at three York County fire stations:
·         May 4 at Fire Station 1 – 5751 George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17)
·         May 11 at Fire Station 3 – 114 Hubbard Lane (Bruton)
·         May 18 at Fire Station 2 – 4405 Big Bethel Road
     Statistics show that at least 8 out of 10 child safety seats are installed in a way that could compromise the safety of the child in the event of a crash. Residents are encouraged to participate in our child safety seat check-up events at no cost (except for a bit of your time) as part of a public outreach initiative by the York County Department of Fire & Life Safety to keep citizens and their children as safe and protected as possible in the event of a crash. 
     If possible, please bring your vehicle and safety seat manuals with you to the safety seat check. Also, it is best if you bring the child along to assist with ensuring the proper adjustments are made to the child restraint for proper fit. After completing a brief form, a technician will review the installation of the seat, how well the child is secured in the seat, and check for any recalls that apply to the safety seat. The technician will then help parents correct any errors and will answer any other questions about child passenger safety. Proper safety seat installation takes approximately 20 minutes per safety seat. 
     If you cannot attend one of these events, call the Department of Fire & Life Safety at 890-3600, Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to schedule an appointment. It is advised to have only certified technicians (CPST) check your child's safety seat for proper installation and recalls. Calling ahead will allow our staff to connect you with a certified technician for assistance.

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