Did you know September 16-22 is National Child Passenger Safety Week? Each year children are injured and killed in traffic accidents. Common car seat concerns and suggestions follow. During this week, in the interest of improving child passenger safety, the Lincoln County Health Department and Eastern Quad Counties Safe Kids Coalition is hosting a number of events around the county.
-Have your car seat safety checked. Eight out of ten car seats are installed improperly. Many times children are unrestrained but occasionally it is due to improper installation of the car seat. There will be free child safety seat checks all week at the Lincoln County Health Department (528-6117) , the Lincoln County Ambulance base (528-8488), and the Troy Fire Protection District #1 (528-8567) each day. Additionally, a car seat check will be held on Sept. 22, at Certified Performance and Auto, 1030 Industrial Ct. (by the bank) in Moscow Mills from 12:00-2:00pm.
-Used seats. Lincoln County has an ordinance (2011-9-27) prohibiting the sale of used car seats by retailers, resale shops, and flea markets due to the uncertainty of a used seat’s ability to properly protect children. A used seat may not show damage after a crash but may have microscopic cracks that can lead to injury or death if used in a second crash. A seat MUST be replaced after an accident and purchasing a used seat from an unknown source is dangerous. Please do not sell used car seats at your garage sales or online.
-Not certain which car seat is right for your child? Car seats have evolved from a “baby in a bag” in the early days of child passenger safety to sophisticated car seats. Additionally, there are four stages for transporting children (see NHTSA’s Four Steps Program http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Child+Safety/4+Steps+for+Kids:+Rear-Facing+Seats). Children will begin with a rear facing seat and progress to seat belts. There is a FREE car seat education class at the Lincoln County Health Department on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. This class is presented by a nationally certified child passenger safety instructor. All residents with questions are welcome to attend. Additionally, the health department provides education classes. to parents, civic groups, Contact Lisa Sitler at 636-528-6117, extension 405.
-Need a car seat? The health department will have a drawing for a free car seat.Entry forms for the drawing will be available at the Lincoln County Health Department, Troy Fire Protection District #1, or the Lincoln County Ambulance base in Troy.