DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
The 7th Civil Engineer Squadron will check children’s car seats for free at building 5013 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, on Nov. 9th, 2018.
This event will help educate parents and caregivers about proper selection and installation of their child’s safety seats.
“This event is not only important for the children, but also the parents,” said Staff Sgt. Clinton Moore, 7th CES fire inspector. “It’s vital that parents know how to properly install their child’s car seat. In the chance they switch the seat to another vehicle, knowing how to properly install it will help ensure their child’s safety.”
According to the Safe Kids website, car accidents have been proven to be the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States and correctly installed safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. Moreover, three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly by parents.
Not only will the fire department check car seats, but also booster seats as well. Once a child is able to sit in a booster seat, they will continue to sit in one until they are capable of having the adult safety belts fit them properly. This is typically between the ages of 10 – 12 years old. It is encouraged to have an infant ride in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible, at least until the age of two.
The car seat safety event will also help certify all volunteers who trained to become car seat inspectors, said Peter Delillo, 7th CES assistant chief of fire prevention. Once they become certified, then the squadron will have enough volunteers on staff to check car seats at any time of the day after the event.
Those who are interested or want to book an appointment can call 325-696-2486.