ALTON — State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) will host a child safety seat inspection from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Riverbend Head Start & Family Services in Alton, in the Alton Plaza at 1802 East Broadway.
The inspection is free and open to the public.
“Child safety seat inspections are an important resource to provide to the community,” Beiser said. “Parents and caregivers sometimes unknowingly have their children in seats that are wrong for their size or age, or are not installed appropriately. This can be a huge safety hazard for children.
“Thank you to the Simmons Employee Foundation for their generous donation to Riverbend Headstart & Family Services, which helped to make the child safety seat inspection possible. This event is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to ensure that their child seats are installed properly and are in compliance with Illinois state law.”
Residents are encouraged to attend the free child safety seat inspection, where trained technicians will inspect and install car seats. The free inspection will confirm car seats are installed correctly and that children have a size- and age-appropriate seat.
“We are excited to partner with Representative Beiser for this event,” said Chuck Parr, president of Riverbend Head Start & Family Services. “The safety of all children in our community is most important. This event is open to the public, so we look forward to seeing everyone there.”
For information, contact Beiser’s constituent service office at (618) 465-5900.
White urges car seat vigilance
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is encouraging parents and caregivers to make sure children travel in the proper car seat or booster seat.
White said as children get older, their car seats need to be changed. September 13-19 marks National Child Passenger Safety Week. “Many parents and caregivers don’t use booster seats long enough and risk injury to the child,” White said. “Let’s keep our children safe by making sure they are properly secured in the appropriate car seats. Also set a good example by using your safety belt.”
The Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act states that children younger than age 8 must be secured in an appropriate child restraint system, including booster seats.
Car seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Four out of five car seats are not used properly, according to NHTSA.
Parents should never place the rear-facing car seats in the front passenger seat in front of an active airbag.
Parents are encouraged to put children younger than 13 years old in the back seat, where they are the safest.
Car seat check events are scheduled throughout Illinois during National Child Passenger Safety Week.
“There are 2,000 technicians statewide,” White said. “I’m happy to partner with agencies like the Illinois Department of Transportation, AAA and other organizations that provide this important public service to help keep our children safe.”
The Secretary of State’s office, through its Kids In Safe Seats program, has 12 fitting stations in Illinois where parents and caregivers can set up appointments or be referred to NHTSA certified child passenger safety technicians who can educate them on the appropriate car seat and proper installation in their vehicle.
For information or to schedule an appointment, call (866) 247-0213 or visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.