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7th CES provides car seat checks

7th CES provides car seat checks

Peter Delillo, 7th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of fire prevention, speaks to U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Latreva Schoultz, 489th Bomb Group superintendent, during a car seat check at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 26, 2018. The fire department is scheduled to have a free car seat check event on Nov. 9th, 2018 at building 5013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

7th CES provides car seat checks

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Clinton Moore, 7th Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector, writes down a child’s car seat information at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 26, 2018. During a car seat check, the members from the 7th CES will review the car seat’s creation date and will ensure that the seat isn’t on a recall roaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

7th CES provides car seat checks

Peter Delillo, 7th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of fire prevention, teaches U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Latreva Schoultz, 489th Bomb Group superintendent, how to safely secure a seat belt in a child’s car seat at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas Oct. 26, 2018. For a child’s car seat, it is important to only allow the seat to move an inch when testing the security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

7th CES provides car seat checks

Peter Delillo, 7th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of fire prevention, shows the incline a child’s safety seat should sit at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 26, 2018. For an infant between the weight of 4 to 20 pounds, the marker should rest in the blue section of the car seat’s meter. For infants between the weight of 20 to 35 pounds, the marker should rest in the green section of the car seat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

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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.