The City of Batavia Fire Department along with other local agencies, will be offering free car seat inspections and education to parents and caregivers on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Fire Headquarters (18 Evans St.).
This event is part of National Car Seat Check Saturday, and will include instruction on how to choose the right car seats for children, with an emphasis on how to install them correctly.
Many parents and care givers assume they know how to choose and use the correct restraint for their child, but sadly these restraints are frequently used incorrectly. In fact, car crashes are a leading killer of children, and the latest research from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that nearly two out of three car seats are misused or installed improperly.
Beginning Nov. 1, all children age 2 and under will have to be secured in a rear-facing car seat per New York State Law.
It is recommended keeping children rear-facing as long as possible, up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. It’s the best way to keep them safe.
Once a child outgrows the rear-facing 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 ride in a booster seat until tall enough to fit in a seat belt properly.
The safest place for a child under the age of 13 is in the back seat.
National Seat Check Saturday is part of Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 15- 21). The week is dedicated to teaching caregivers and parents about the importance of correctly choosing, installing, and using car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
Parents and caregivers will also be reminded of the importance of registering car seats with manufacturers so they can be notified in the event of a recall.
For further information please call the City of Batavia Fire Department at 585-345-6375.