Car Seat Safety Event at SMH
The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH) urges parents and caregivers to make time on Saturday February 5th to find out if your child's car seat is installed correctly and your child is safely buckled up. Stephens Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with Maine Families and the Norway Fire Department will be hosting a Free Car Seat Safety Event with certified technicians available to provide free hands-on child safety seat inspections and advice from 10 am - 2 pm at the Norway Fire Station on Beal St. in Norway.
Stephens Memorial Hospital was recently awarded designation as a Child Passenger Safety Seat distribution center as well as an inspection site. Inspection sites are part of a statewide child passenger safety project and local fitting stations can be found on the Buckle Up Maine Website at www.buckleupmaine.org.
"It's the responsibility of every single parent and caregiver out there to make sure their children are safely restrained - every trip, every time," said Carol Welsh, RN, Perinatal Outreach Coordinator for The Family Birthplace, "We are urging everyone to get their child safety seats inspected. When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes."
For maximum child passenger safety, parents and caregivers can visit their local inspection stations and refer to the following 4 Steps for Kids guidelines that determine which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on age and size:
•2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at a minimum age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).
•3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4'9" tall).
•4. When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4'9" tall) they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).
Upcoming dates for car seat inspections are April 23rd, July 16th, and October 22nd. If you are unable to make one of these events and would like your seat checked by a certified technician or for more information, contact Carol Welsh at 207-743-1562 x138.