Perhaps the most important investment you can make in your child's future is a Child Safety Seat. A child safety seat prevents your child from being thrown about or out of the vehicle. Even after adhering to a car seat manufacturer's requirements and installation instructions, some children have difficulty fitting into a safety seat. A car seat inspection by trained professionals can be helpful in determining whether the child and car seat are a good match for 1 another.
Well-designed child car seats spread the force of a crash evenly over a child's fragile body and protects the child's head and spinal cord.
Used properly, a safety seat also improves child behavior, lessening the chance of the child distracting the driver and causing an accident.
Safety Seat Laws
Effective October 7, 2009 children younger than 8, unless they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall, must use a booster seat.
This new law is combined with an existing law requiring children younger than 4 years and less than 40 pounds to use a child safety seat and children 8 to 15 to use a safety seat or seat belt.
Free Car Seat Safety Inspections are available by appointment.
Call Fire Headquarters at 513-367-4194 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to set a time for your car seat inspection.
During these inspections, staff members offer guidance on topics, including:
Child safety seats and the new laws
Choosing the right safety seat for your car and your child
Correct safety seat installation
Restraining your child in a safety seat correctly
If you have any questions about this or any other Safety and Injury Prevention Health Topics, please contact the Harrison Fire Department.