Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Car Seat Checkup Event


Safe Kids Trident Area Offers Car Seat Inspections for Child Passenger Safety Week

Certified technicians help parents correctly use and install car and booster seats

 to celebrate National Child Passenger Safety Week


Mount Pleasant, South Carolina – Safe Kids Trident Area urges parents and caregivers to make sure their car seats and booster seats are properly installed for a kickoff event for “National Child Passenger Safety Week” on Friday, September 11th.  Mount Pleasant will have certified child passenger safety technicians available to provide hands-on instruction on installing car and booster seats at Target from 1:00 to 4:30. 

Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent,” said Jennifer Winkelmann, Injury Prevention Coordinator at MUSC Children’s Hospital and Coordinator for Safe Kids Trident Area. “We want all parents to make sure their car seats are used and installed correctly and that the whole family is buckled up every time on every ride. And we’re here to help.”

 In a nationwide effort to educate parents and caregivers during Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids Worldwide teams up with the local Safe Kids coalition, MUSC Children’s Hospital and Mount Pleasant Police Department for seat check activities to keep children and families safe in and around cars. Safe Kids will host more than 500 child seat inspections across the country for CPS week, including one at Target in Mount Pleasant, 1300 Long Grove Drive, on Friday, September 11th from 1:00 to 4:30.

 Car seat inspections offer drivers the chance to receive assistance and guidance from certified car seat technicians regarding proper installation of their child safety and booster seats. Safe Kids events continue throughout the year.

 Parent can also check their own car and booster seats by using this car seat check list. Certified child passenger safety technicians are available to help or double check your work. Parents and caregivers can locate an event in their community by visiting the Safe Kids website at safekids.org.

About Safe Kids Trident Area

Safe Kids Trident Area works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its partners include local fire, EMS and police personnel. Safe Kids Trident Area is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Trident Area was founded in 1996 and is led by MUSC Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit safekids.org or musckids.org.