Safe Kids Southern NJ and the New Jersey Medical Emergency Services for Children are teaming up with Shore Medical Center to conduct a free car seat checkup event on Friday, July 7. The event will be held between 2 and 5 p.m. at Shore Medical Center, located at 100 Medical Center Way in Somers Point, NJ, in the lot at the corner of Medical Center Way and Bay Avenue. No advance sign up is required. The car seat check is free and open to the public, and is being held in conjunction with Shore Medical Center’s weekly Farmers Market & Craft Fair.
Parents, grandparents and expectant parents should bring their car seat and manual, vehicle manual, and, if possible, the child who will be using the seat. Certified child passenger safety technicians will inspect the seat’s installation and show participants how to correctly install the seat and secure the child, with time allotted for reinstallation by the participant for practice purposes. Each installation and demonstration takes approximately 10 minutes.
According to Safe Kids, when installed and used correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can prevent injuries and save lives. Child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by up to 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers (ages 1 to 4). From 1975 through 2013, an estimated 10,421 lives were saved by child safety seats or adult seat belts for children ages 4 and under. In 2011, 98 percent of caregivers of children ages 8 and under used restraints when transporting their children, but almost half of these caregivers did not use the restraint correctly, which reduces the protection provided in the event of a crash.
For any questions related to the event, contact Maureen Donnelly of Safe Kids Southern NJ at 856-968-8687.