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Washington County Public Health’s Car Seat Programs will begin operating again in July.
The most important task of a parent or caregiver is to keep their children safe. Part of that responsibility is ensuring children are safely buckled up in the correct and properly installed car seats for their ages and sizes, whether they are riding with you or another family member. This choice could mean the difference between life, serious injury, or death for your children. Don’t think you know — know you know — that your children are safe and are in the right seats, and that they are being used correctly every time.
Washington County Public Health has a low-income car seat distribution program for parents/guardians of children living in Washington County that do not already have a car seat and a car seat fitting station that helps Washington County Residents Know For Sure if their car seat is installed correctly, regardless of income. (These programs are done by appointment only.)
Washington County Public Health is happy to announce that these programs will begin operating again in July. Beginning Monday, June 28th residents can call 518-746-2400 ext 3478 to see if they qualify and set up an appointment.
On average, two children under 13 were killed, and an estimated 351 were injured every day in 2019 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans.(USDOT) We know that now — more than ever — is the time to make sure your child is in the right seat, buckled up, and is in the back seat 100-percent of the time if they are under 13.
No matter their age, your children rely on you to keep them safe. When traveling, the best ways to protect them are to place them in the right car seats for their ages and sizes, to install the seats correctly, and to ensure that the car seats fit properly in the back seat of your vehicle – every single time. Because the consequences of misused car seats can be disastrous, always take the time to read the car seat instructions and consult your vehicle manual. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half of car seats are misused.
Research shows that when used correctly, car seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in cars, and by 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively, for infants and toddlers in light trucks. Additionally, using the tether on a forward-facing car seat reduces the chances of injury in a crash.
As children grow and transition from one type of car seat to another, parents sometimes become less vigilant about ensuring that their children are properly buckled in the right seats for their ages and sizes. Children need to be buckled in, and in the right kind of seat, whether it’s a child car seat, booster seat, or seat belt in the back seat—every trip, every time.
Washington County residents can call 518-746-2400 ext 3478 to set up an appointment.
Not in Washington County? Locate an inspection station in New York State by going to https://trafficsafety.ny.gov/child-safety-seat-inspection-stations. You can search by county.
Parents and caregivers can also visit nhtsa.gov/carseat to learn other tips on car seat safety, watch how-to videos, and sign up for car seat recall notifications.