Child car seat events aim to boost safe travels

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Three car safety seat events will be held by the Sheriff’s Office and the county Health Department on June 24, July 8 and July 20. The events will feature trained safety seat technicians to help you to properly install the seat in your vehicle and answer any questions you may have.

The events will all take place at the Deerfield Fire Station at 5476 Trenton Road, Utica.

Events:

Thursday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 8, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 20, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A limited number of free child safety seats will be available for needy families by appointment only. For those already in possession of a safety seat, a certified technician can be available to check that it is installed properly, also by appointment only.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 years-old. “Choosing the right seat for your child and installing it correctly, can greatly reduce the risk of injury for your child in the event of a crash,” said county Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “These events provide our residents in need with the proper means to keep their children safe.”

Finding the right car seat for a child depends on multiple factors, including the child’s age, height and weight, as well as the guidelines of the law. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles requires an appropriate child safety restraint system for all children until their eighth birthday. It can be a child safety seat, a harness, a vest or a booster seat attached with the vehicle seatbelt system, but not the vehicle seat belt alone. It should not be used in the front seat of the vehicle and must be rear-facing in vehicles until the age of two.

For eligibility and registration call 315-798-5229 or email to CarSafetySeat@ocgov.net.

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