The importance of car-seat safety

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As the heavy summer travel months approach, the County Health Department  and the Sheriff’s Department will host two car-seat safety events this month.

The events will take place on Wednesday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and Thursday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both will take place at the Deerfield Fire Station. Car 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 Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1- to 13-years-old.
“Choosing the right seat for your child and installing it correctly, can greatly reduce the risk of injury for your child in the event of a crash,” said County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “These events provide our residents in need with the proper means to keep their children safe.”

Finding the right car seat for a child depends on mu ltiple factors including the child’s age, height and weight, as well as the guidelines of the law. The State Department of Motor Vehicles requires an appropriate child safety restraint system for all children until their eighth 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. It 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 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 those parent/guardian drivers who are eligible. Requirements include meeting income eligibility, bringing the child who is in need of the car seat to the appointment, bringing the vehicle for the seat to be installed, passing a COVID-19 screening questionnaire, and wearing a mask throughout the event.

For eligibility and registration for these events, please call 315-798-5229 or send an email to CarSeatSafety@ocgov.net. For more information about how to find the right car seat for your child, you can visit:
https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats.

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