Date: Friday 9/21/2012, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Dunwoody Baptist Church,
1445 Mount Vernon Rd (parking lot facing Ashford-Dunwoody)
Contact: Sergeant Jason Dove (678) 382-6910
Dunwoody Police Department announces it will conduct a “Child Safety Seat Check” event on Friday, September 21, 2012, at Dunwoody Baptist Church, 1445 Mount Vernon Road Dunwoody, GA 30338. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. to check car seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats and install them properly in their vehicles. This event is free to the public.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Crash data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2010 shows that about 2 children 12 or younger were killed and 325 were injured each day in passenger vehicles.
“You can never predict or control what other drivers might do or how the weather might change the safety of a roadway,” said Sergeant Dove. “The best way to protect your kids is to put them in the right car seats for their age and size and use those seats correctly on every trip, every time. By attending Dunwoody Police Department’s child car seat event, parents and caregivers can be sure their kids are riding as safely as possible.”
“I am pleased our department is able to offer this life saving service to the community,” said Chief Billy Grogan. “I am hopeful we will have a lot of participation. For those who are unable to attend this event, we offer this service by appointment. Please see our Child Safety Seat Check webpage for more details.”
Sergeant Dove also urges parents to follow NHTSA’s car seat recommendations which recommend parents and caregivers keep children in their restraint types for as long as possible according to manufacturer instructions before moving them to the next type. For maximum safety, a parent or caregiver should have the car seat installation inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure their children are in the appropriate seats for their age and size. Children 12 and under should always ride in the back seat.
Birth – 12 monthsFor the best possible protection, your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.
1 – 3 yearsYour child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until the child reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. This may result in many children riding rear-facing to age 2 or older. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
4 – 7 yearsKeep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until the child reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.
8 – 12 yearsKeep your child in a booster seat until the child is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.
- Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, choose a seat that fits in your vehicle, and use it on every trip, every time.
- Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.
- To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
- Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.
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