Columbia, SC - Every day in America, millions of parents and caregivers travel with children in their vehicles. While some children are buckled in properly in the correct car seats for their ages and sizes, many are not, if they are buckled in at all. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for children over one year of age. Car seats, booster seats and seat belts can make all the difference in saving lives.
To assist midlands area parents and caregivers in making sure children are in the right car seat for their age and size, a free Community Car Seat Safety Check is being offered at The Therapy Place, 3620 Covenant Road, Columbia, SC 29204 on Saturday, June 18th from 9:00- 11:00 a.m. Tessa Gonzalez, MD, a local pediatrician, and Medical Director of The Therapy Place and Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) will be on hand along with other CPSTs to provide education and hands-on assistance with car seat selection, installation, harnessing, and more. Dr. Gonzalez shared, “CPSTs educate caregivers on best practices for safe transportation of children so that they can make educated decisions about their children’s safety.” Child Passenger Safety Technicians are car seat experts who are certified after receiving training with curriculum written by NHTSA in collaboration with the National Child Passenger Safety Board and Safe Kids Worldwide.
The event is being held at The Therapy Place, which is a nonprofit pediatric therapy center serving more than 150 children with doctor prescribed physical, occupational, and speech therapies and offers therapeutic preschool services for children with special needs. While this community car seat check event is open to families who attend The Therapy Place, it is also a community event open to the public. It is a family friendly event where the whole family is encouraged to attend. A playground is available for kids and there will be light refreshments served while the family waits.
Midlands parents and caregivers can register for the event at the following link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=bdjvi6cab&oeidk=a07ej80ve2l792f2091 While advance registration is helpful, it is not required, and walk-ins are welcome. Helpful information (not required) for caregivers to bring to the event includes: 1) car seat manual, if available 2) vehicle manual and 3) the child’s most recent weight and height. For those unable to attend the event, individual appointments may be scheduled by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents and caregivers are reminded to register your car seat or booster seat with the seat manufacturer so you can be notified in the event of a recall. Parents and caregivers can view more information on car seat safety at www.nhtsa.gov/therightseat. In addition, the full SC Child Passenger Safety Law can be found through the SC Department of Public Safety at https://scdps.sc.gov/buckleupsc/safety_seat_law.
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