Saturday, June 23, 2012

Safety Seat Check Coming to Geneva Soon

GENEVA – Area residents will have the chance to find out whether their children are as safe as possible in their child safety seats during an upcoming FREE check-up event. This event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Blue Valley Community Action-Head Start, 1600 I Street, Geneva.

Appointments are available by calling Katlyn Donovan toll free at Public Health Solutions District Health Department at (888) 310-0565. Drive-up checks without advance appointments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until 4:00 p.m. Statistics show that up to 95 percent of child safety seats are used incorrectly. This free check-up event will help parents and others learn how to make sure their children are as safe as possible while riding in a vehicle.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of unintentional deaths for children ages 14 and under. Children ages 4 to 8 who are unrestrained have a 100 percent injury rate in a crash. Nebraska State Law requires that all children up to age 6 be restrained in a child safety seat or belt positioning booster. 

This event is a FREE opportunity to have trained technicians determine if a child is riding as safely as possible or if changes in positioning or seat use could help them to be safer. Those who are planning to have seats checked are asked to allow about 30 minutes per child safety seat. The check itself will take place in your vehicle so participants are asked to arrive at the event with their children in car seats. Participants should also bring their instruction book for the child safety seat and their vehicle owner’s manual, if available.

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