THOMASTON — Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians from Pen Bay Medical Center and SafeCare of Union, will be offering free car seat safety checks and education to parents and caregivers on Saturday, September 21, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Thomaston Walmart.
The event is part of National Seat Check Saturday, and will include instruction on how to install and use car seats correctly.
Technicians will also help determine if your child is in the right seat for their age and size, and explain the importance of registering car seats with their manufacturers so parents and are givers can be notified if there is a recall. A car seat drop for old and outdated car seats will be available at the event as well.
National Seat Check Saturday is part of Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs from September 15-21, 2019. The week is dedicated to teaching parents and caregivers about the importance of correctly choosing, installing, and using car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. Parents will also be reminded of the importance of registering car seats with their manufacturers so they can be notified in the event of a recall.
NHTSA recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible, up to the top height and weight allowed by the particular seats. It’s the best way to keep them safe, according to PBMC, in a news release. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, he or she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether. After outgrowing the forward-facing car seat, a child should be placed in a booster seat until tall enough to fit in a seat belt properly. The safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seat.
Knox County’s National Seat Check Saturday event is being held at the Thomaston Walmart, 55 Thomaston Commons Way, Thomaston, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All parents and caregivers are invited to attend this free event.
For more information on child car seat safety, as well as how to find other car seat check events, go to www.nhtsa.gov/carseat.