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Child passenger seat safety fitting to be held Aug. 29 in Sitka

Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009

SITKA - Parents wanting to ensure that their child passenger seats are properly fit for their car can attend a free public car seat check from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the AC Lakeside Grocery parking lot, 705 Halibut Point Rd.

This free car seat check is being offered as the final exam of a four-day child passenger seat safety training course earlier in the week. The students will be checking the fit of a variety of car seats as part of their Child Passenger Safety Technician certification, and this provides an opportunity for Sitka parents to have their car seats checked.

The class is being offered in partnership between the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Injury Prevention Program and the Alaska Highway Safety Office, with support from the Alaska Injury Prevention Center, National Highway Safety Administration and Safe Kids Alaska.

Fitting a child's car seat is difficult because there is wide variety of car seat designs and motor vehicle types, and children come in all sizes, shapes and behaviors. It's no wonder that only 17 percent of the more than 1,500 car seats in Alaska checked by certified CPS Technicians (from October 2007 to September 2008) were properly installed. An improperly fit child car seat raises the risk of injury or death for a child, and motor vehicle crashes account for 42 percent of all unintentional childhood injury-related deaths.

To learn more about the importance of a properly fit child car seat, go to www.carseatsak.org/. To learn more about the free car seat fitting, contact SEARHC Community Injury Prevention Specialist Lesa Way at 966-8804 or lesa.way@searhc.org, or contact Gordon Glaser, Education Specialist/Safe Kids Liaison for the Alaska Division of Public Health, Section on Injury Prevention and Emergency Medical Services at 907-269-3433 in Anchorage or gordon.glaser@alaska.gov.



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