Car seat and child safety seat inspections
73 percent of child passenger restraints are used incorrectly
Every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in vehicle
crashes. In fact, it is the leading cause of death for children ages one
to 13. A properly installed car seat or child restraint can help prevent
a tragedy. Campbell County Health's
Emergency Medical Services staff perform free car seat checks through Safe Kids Campbell County.
Did you know that four out of five car seats are installed improperly?
If you want to make sure your child’s car seat is installed properly,
consider scheduling a FREE safety seat inspection with certified Child
Passenger Safety Technicians. Technicians will train parents and caregivers
to install and adjust their car seats properly. Participants are asked
to bring the child, their current car seat and the vehicle that they normally
travel in for the check.
Inspections take around 30 minutes and are held on Wednesdays from 3-6
pm at the EMS Base, 502 Stocktrail Avenue in Gillette, Wyoming—appointments
are required. Replacement car seats are available for a $30 contribution.
Call 307.688.SAFE (7233) to schedule.
Guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011 recommend that kids
use a booster seat until they are at least 4’9” tall (57 inches)
and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds. Children seated in a
booster seat in the back seat of the car are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash
than children using a seat belt alone. According to
Wyoming Child Restraint Laws, children must be in a child restraint (car seat or booster seat) until
they are 9 years old.
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