The Guthrie Fire Department, Logan County Health Department and Safe Kids Oklahoma will be holding a car seat distribution on Thursday at the fire department.
“Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent,” said Kim Gray, Director of Safe Kids Oklahoma. “We want all parents to make sure their car seats are used and installed correctly. A recent study shows that 85 percent of crashes occurred 20 minutes or less from home.”
The event will take place from 4 – 6 p.m. at the fire department, which is located at 209 East Springer.
To receive a car seat check or to be eligible to receive a car seat, the child must be present. Car seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $15 per car seat for those who can provide proof of government assistance. An expectant mother must be within six weeks of her delivery date.
Parents and caregivers can view more information, as well as find a list of other upcoming community car seat checks at www.safekidsok.org.
Safe Kids Oklahoma is a statewide network of coalition partners dedicated to preventing childhood injury in Oklahoma. Staff at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital head-up Safe Kids Oklahoma. Their goal is to educate the public on child safety practices by facilitating events across the state. Every 33 seconds a child is involved in a car accident. Motor vehicle-related crashes are the leading killer of children under the age of 14. While most families put kids in car seats, the latest research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that 59 percent of car seats are not installed correctly.