FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will be providing free car seat checkup events across the Midlands in anticipation of the heavy travel season. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children one to 13 years old. When properly installed, child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. Seat belt usage increases the chances for surviving a crash by nearly 45 percent.
"Even the best safety equipment that money can buy is potentially dangerous in a car crash if it is not installed and worn correctly. Getting safety information and car seat instructions to parents and caregivers is crucial to saving young lives," said Neal Martin, Program Coordinator, DHEC, Injury and Violence Prevention.
Car seat checkup events are free and open to the public. Parents and caregivers will be trained at various locations by Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on the proper car seat installation and the appropriate fit for their child within the car seat.
If parents and caregivers are unable to attend these events or live outside of this area they can make an appointment at one of the many child car seat inspection stations around the state here, http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm.
Car Seat Checkup Event Schedule
November 21, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Lexington County Department of Social Services Seat Check Event
1070 South Lake Boulevard
November 30, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Lexington Town Hall Seat Check Event
111 Maiden Lane
November 30, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Palmetto Health Children's Hospital Seat Check Event
7 Richland Medical Park Drive
December 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kohl's Lexington Seat Check Event
5440 Sunset Boulevard
December 22, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Lexington Sheriff's Department
521 Gibson Road
A car seat safety checkup is the best way to make sure your child is safe when traveling in the car. In between car seat safety checkups, it is important to remember these child passenger safety tips.
Child Passenger Safety Tips
Step 1: Use rear facing child seats for children from birth to 20 pounds AND one year of age. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends leaving children facing the rear until they reach the maximum rear facing weight of their convertible car seat.
Step 2: Use forward facing child seats for children over 20 pounds and one year of age to 40 pounds.
Step 3: Use belt positioning booster seats for children from 40 pounds to 80-100 pounds.
Step 4: Use seat belts for children when they are able to utilize the seat belt correctly when the shoulder belt crosses the collarbone and the lap belt fits low on the hips. Approximately 4' 9'' tall and 80-100 pounds.
DHEC Media Relations