MILWAUKEE (9/16/2011) - It is important that everyone in a vehicle buckle up for every ride. But how do you know if you have the correct seat for your child? How do you really know if your car seat is correctly installed? Statistics show that more than 90 percent of car seats are not properly installed.
Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin Coalition, led by Children's Health Education Center, will host a free Booster and Car Seat Safety Check. Certified car seat technicians will assist families to ensure children are riding safely.
9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24
Waukesha Fire Department
Station 1, 130 W. St. Paul Ave., Waukesha, Wis.
To schedule an appointment, call (414) 765-9355.
At the safety check, trained child passenger safety specialists will make certain seats are correctly installed and appropriate for the age and size of the child.
"Nationally, nearly 1,700 children die and 230,000 are injured each year as motor vehicle passengers," said Lisa Klindt Simpson, coordinator, Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin. "Some car seats need just a few minor modifications, such as tightening the seat in the vehicle or making the seat's straps fit snugly on the child. However, other seats are too old or have been recalled and require replacement."
For more information about child passenger safety, go to safekidswi.org.
A member of Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin works to prevent accidental injuries, the leading cause of death among children age 14 and younger. The four-county (Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha) coalition combines the expertise of community agencies and individuals to prevent childhood injuries through collaboration, education, policy and advocacy initiatives. Children's Health
Education Center, a member of Children's Hospital and Health System, is its lead agency. For more information, call (866) 228-5670.
Children's Health Education Center and BlueKids.org e-learning programs offer resources and programs for children, teachers, parents and caregivers to help keep kids healthy and safe. These health education programs are delivered online, at our center or in the classroom. For more information, visit BlueKids.org.