Securing your children properly in age- and size-appropriate child safety seats – in the back seat of your vehicle – is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash.
That’s why I am urging all parents and caregivers to attend the child safety seat checkup event Monday, June 17. Certified technicians will be available to provide on-site child safety seat inspections and education 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Decatur’s McCarroll Middle School parking lot located at 1201 W. Thompson St.
Even though the majority of parents buckle up their children in child safety seats, booster seats or seat belts, most do not use them correctly. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly three out of four child safety seats are not used properly.
For a child safety seat to do its job right, it has to be:
- appropriate for your child’s age and size;
- installed properly in your vehicle; and
- adjusted to fit your child securely.
If you’re a parent or caregiver, don’t miss the opportunity to have a free child safety seat inspection by a certified child passenger safety technician. Technicians can provide hands-on advice and instruction. Make sure your children are safe and you are in compliance with the current child safety seat law in Texas. The law, which took effect Sept. 1, 2009, requires all children under 8, unless taller than 4’9″, to be in a child safety seat system which includes traditional child safety seats with harnesses and booster seats.
To locate a certified child passenger safety technician in Texas, visit buckleup.tamu.edu or contact the Wise County Extension office at 940-627-3341.
Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.