Child safety seat event Oct. 21 in Deerfield

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The Oneida County Health Department and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office have scheduled a child car seat safety event for 2-5 p.m. Oct, 21 at the Deerfield Fire Station.

Seats will be available to income-qualified candidates by appointment only. For those already in possession of a car seat, a certified technician can be available to check that it is installed properly, also by appointment only.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 years old.

Finding the right car seat for a child depends on multiple factors including the child’s age, height, and weight, as well as the guidelines of the law. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles requires an appropriate child safety restraint system for all children until their 8th birthday. It can be a child safety seat, a harness, a vest or a booster seat attached with the vehicle seat belt system, but not the vehicle seat belt alone. Seats should not be used in the front seat of the vehicle and must be rear-facing in vehicles until the age of two.

To ensure children are riding safely, the Oneida County Health Department, along with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, can provide a free car seat and the training to independently install the car seat.

A limited number of free car seats will be distributed by appointment only to parents and guardian drivers who are eligible. Requirements include:

Meeting income eligibility; provide proof of public assistance.

Bringing the child who is in need of the car seat to the appointment. If pregnant, the baby must be expected within next three months.

Bringing the vehicle for the seat to be installed.

Passing COVID screening questionnaire

Wearing a mask throughout the event

For eligibility and registration for these events, call 315-798-5229.

For more information about how to find the right car seat for your child, you can visit

www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats.

This Car Seat Safety Event has been made possible through a grant offered by New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

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