The staff at the Family Birthplace is urging parents, caregivers and grandparents to make sure their child safety seats are properly installed on Saturday, May 7th at the Norway Fire Department between 10am and 2pm. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available to provide free hands-on seat inspections.
"It's the responsibility of every single parent, caregiver or anyone who transports children in their vehicle to make sure their passengers are safely restrained - every trip, every time," said Carol Welsh RN, Perinatal Outreach Coordinator for Stephens Memorial Hospitals Family Birthplace. "When it comes to the safety of a child there is no room for mistakes."
Welsh stated, "Car seats, when installed correctly and used, are extremely effective in saving children's lives. Proper use of a car seat reduces the risk of death by as much as 71% for infants. However, car seats are complicated to install and use and there are many models to choose from. Even the most conscientious of parents may make mistakes. It has been found that nine out of ten car seats are not installed or used correctly, and that only 5% of children who should use a booster seat actually do."
Stephens Memorial Hospital is not only an inspection site but also is one of several distribution sites for car seats in the state of Maine. As a distribution site we are authorized to provide car seats and boosters to families at no cost if they meet the State financial requirements. A WIC card needs to be shown as one of the qualifiers.
To participate in the free car seat inspection, parents, caregivers and grandparents should stop by the Norway Fire Department on Saturday, May 7th. It is not necessary for you to have the child with you but if possible it is best to bring them. Child care will be available as needed.
For more information about the event or for information on car seat safety, please contact Carol Welsh at 207-743-1562 x138