JAMESTOWN – With the vacation travel season well underway, those in Jamestown had the chance to make sure their child’s car seats are properly installed this week.
The Jamestown Police and Fire Departments worked alongside Ardent Solutions and the Chautauqua Safety Village Thursday hosting a free car seat safety event at the Taylor Training Grounds on Harrison Street.
Wellsville based Ardent Solutions provided Community Mobility Specialist Alexis Morre to help parents through the child passenger safety check.
“Checking car seats that are already installed by parents or caregivers,” Moore explains. “And if there’s any misuse, fixing them, or if the car seat isn’t up to the right standards, replacing them.”
Children 12 and under, according to the CDC, need to be safely secured in a car seat to prevent injuries, or even death, in the event of a crash.
“It’s important, because if you get into an accident and your car seat isn’t used right, or the child isn’t in one,” explained Moore. “The chances of that child passing from a bad car seat are a lot higher.”
That’s why Moore says consulting with a professional is key.
“Call your local sheriffs and ask them if they have any child passenger safety technicians available,“ stated Moore. “Jamestown has quite a few that are actually at this event today, that could go to different people in the community to check that.”
In 2019, more than 600 children, 12 and younger, died in motor vehicle crashes nationwide, and more than 91,000 were injured, with at least 38 percent of the children not being buckled in properly.