Child safety seat check up event held

September 28, 2013

Safe Kids Oklahoma graciously allowed Altus Fire/Rescue and Jackson County Health Department to bring a child safety seat check up event to Altus on the nationally recognized Seat Check Saturday, Sept. 21.The event was held at 1915 North Main, Altus Fire Station 2.

Every year in September, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration designates a Child Passenger Safety Week and National Seat Check Saturday to bring awareness to parents about the significance of a car seat and why it is important to be properly installed. Wonderful technician support for the event came from members of the Altus Fire/Rescue and Jackson County Health Department with six technicians present for the event. Together they made sure that every child left the event riding safely. It was evident that all the parents were thankful for the education they received at the event and the peace of mind in knowing that their children were safe and secure.

“This was a great opportunity to help families in Jackson County,” said Fire Chief Jerry Abbott. “To see 22 children show up for a three-hour event shows the need our community has for this type of assistance program.”

During the event, 22 child safety seat inspections were performed, 17 new seats were issued and three old/unsafe seats collected and replaced.

The proper use of child safety seats reduces the risk of injury and death, leading to reduced medical costs, avoidance of lost future earnings, and improved quality of life. If you missed the car seat check up and would like to have your car seat checked contact Brandi with Altus Fire/Rescue at 481-3517 or contact Jackson County Health Department at 482-7308 to schedule an appointment.