Oneida County Health Department, Sheriff’s Office team up to host child seat safety checks

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The Oneida County Health Department will be teaming with the Sheriff’s Office to host a series of car seat safety checks once a month for the rest of the year.

The events will take place at the Deerfield Fire Station at 5476 Trenton Road in Utica. The safety checks will be free to people who already have a car seat, with technicians on hand to provide installation help and guidelines.

Event dates:

• Wednesday, Feb. 19

• Wednesday, March 25

• Wednesday, April 29

•Wednesday, May 20

• Sunday, June 7

• Wednesday, July 29

• Wednesday, Aug. 12

• Wednesday, Sept. 30

• Wednesday, Oct. 21

• Wednesday, Nov. 18

The majority of the events will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. The June 7 event will take place from noon to 3 p.m.

“All too often, parents move their children to the front seat before they should, or they are unaware their car seat is not installed properly, which significantly increases the risk of injury and death,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.

“Determining the right seat for your child depends on your child’s height and weight, as well as the guidelines of the law.”

State law requires an appropriate child safety restraint system for all children until they are 8-years-old. The penalty for a car seat violation for a person under the age of 16 is a maximum $!00 fine and three points on the driver’s license.

• Infant seats are for children who weight less than 22 pounds or are less than 25-inches in length. Infants should never be in the front seat. Place car seats for infants in the back seat facing backwards.

• Convertible safety seats are for infants and toddlers weighing 40 pounds or less. Toddlers above the age of two can have the seat facing forwards.

• Booster seats are for children who have outgrown infant and convertible seats, and are generally for children between the ages of 4 and 8, weighing between 40 to 80 pounds and who are less than 4-feet, 9-inches tall.

• Children under 13-years-old should always sit in the back seat.

A limited number of free car seats will be available by appointment only to parents who receive public assistance.

For eligibility, registration and more information, call 315-798-5229.

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