Safe Kids Oklahoma urges parents and caregivers to make sure their car seats and booster seats are properly installed on “National Seat Check Saturday,” on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Altus Fire Department and Jackson County Health Department will have certified child passenger safety technicians available to provide hands-on instruction on installing car and booster seats at the Altus Fire Department Sub Station from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at 1915 N. Main (next to Smiley’s).
“Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent,” said Cassandra Herring, Safe Kids Oklahoma. “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.”
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 Buckle Up events continue throughout the year. A limited number of car seats will be available Saturday for $10 cash for those that qualify. To qualify for a car seat, the legal guardian and child must be present for the event and be able to show proof of government assistance (WIC, Food Stamps, Sooner Care). Limit one car seat per child.
Safe Kids Oklahoma recommends that parents and caregivers make sure their child’s restraint system meets the following criteria to be in compliance with the new child passenger safety law before it goes into effect Nov. 1, 2015:
* All children under age four must be properly secured in a car seat with an internal harness.
* Children under age two must be properly secured in a rear-facing car seat.
* Children ages four to seven must ride in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat unless they are taller than 4’9”.
Children taller than 4’9” or over age seven should always be restrained in a seat belt. Riding in the back seat of the vehicle is the safest way for children to travel. Contact the Altus Fire Department at 481-3517 for more information regarding the law.