BFD to hold “Car Seat Checkup”

Local officials are doing their part to ensure that local youngsters are properly buckled into their car seats.The Borger Fire Department will be holding a “Car Seat Checkup” from 1:30pm-4pm on April 19, 2011. Mike Barter of the Borger EMS said, “This will help people choose a car seat that is required by new laws for children.” It will also help parents or anyone who drives with a child in the car have a better understanding of how to keep the child safe along with all the do’s and don’ts. Some things to take in consideration before attending are as follows:•Does your car seat move when you stop or turn? •Does the seat seem too small for your child? •Does the seat allow your child to get out? •Does the seat just not fit right? This program will teach you how to choose the right safety seat for your children, properly secure your safety seats in your vehicle, properly secure your child in the safety seat, understand the dangers of air bags, and how and when to graduate your child to a booster seat. Four out of five car seats are used in the wrong manner. Child safety seats are 71 percent effective in preventing fatalities and 67 percent effective in preventing serious injuries. Teaching at this program will be certified people from Safe Kids Panhandle. The program is free to the public and will be held at the Borger Fire Department on 200 N. Cedar. For more information you can call 806-354-1149.