Free Child Safety Seat Checks Saturday in Hilo

Firefighters at Central Fire Station in South Hilo are conducting child safety seat checks this Saturday from 10:00 AM to Noon at Central Fire Station on 466 Kinoole Street.
child safety seat checks

The event will allow fifteen certified technicians to provide parents and caregivers with the proper installation and guidance for the use of child car safety seats.

The check up will take about 30 minutes and the technicians can assist three to six vehicles an hour.  Bring your Keiki’s to the Fire Station to see the Fire Engine and Ambulance. Goodies will be available for the children.  Appointments may also be arranged by calling Mel at 896-1336.

Traffic control will be in place during the even and parents and caregivers are asked to enter the fire station through Ponahawai Street entrance

State law requires all children under the age of four to be secured in a car seat; children between the ages of 4 and 7 are to be secured in booster seats.  Older children must be secured in a seat belt and it is recommended that they sit in the back seat of the vehicle. Over 90% of child passenger safety seats inspected were noted to be installed incorrectly.

Island residents should be aware there is an anonymous car seat hotline (961-2226) to report sightings of children not properly restrained in a vehicle.  Callers should be prepared to provide a license plate number, car make/model/color, the date and location of the car.  A letter will be sent to the registered owner about the violation.

National statistics conclude that accidental injuries, especially those involving car crashes, pose the greatest threat to the lives of young children.  Statistics also show using car safety seats and seat belts correctly are the best way to prevent this from happening.  National statistics also show an estimated 8,959 lives were saved by child restraints from 1975 to 2008.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s