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Free car seat safety checks offered during health fair PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Rahn
Managing Editor

A car seat safety check is among events scheduled to take place in conjunction with the Perkins County Health Services Health Fair.
The health fair is set for Friday and Saturday of this week—the car seat check will take place only on Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to noon under the awning of Park Ridge Assisted Living at 912 Central Avenue in Grant, adjacent to the outpatient clinics at the hospital.
Heading up the car seat check event are Suzi Bullock and Amber Uehling, who are both child passenger safety technicians.
Cargo doesn’t get anymore precious than your child, so plan to attend this free car seat check and learn more about their safe travel.
Following are some of the high points and questions to be covered by the technicians when they examine a car seat’s safety:
• Rear-facing is the safest position for a child.
• A five-point harness is the safest type of restraint for your child.  
• A booster is the best option for a child who has outgrown the five-point harness seat and is still under 4-foot-9.
A child is not ready to sit in the vehicle’s regular seat until they can pass each part of the five step test below:
• Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
• Do the child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat?
• Does the belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm?
• Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
• Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?