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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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Free car seat check-up set for Saturday, May 24
Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly

(May 16, 2008) Certified Safety Seat Technicians will be available to check infant and child car seats on Saturday, May 24, 2008 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Home Depot parking lot in Petoskey. There is no charge. Pre-registration is helpful, although it is not required.

“We’re finding four out of five car seats are used incorrectly when we do car seat checks,” said Bert Notestine, Health Educator at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan who is responsible for the local SafeKids Chapter. “It’s a good idea to have your child’s seat checked even if you are confident it is installed properly.”

Certified Safety Seat Technicians can also answer parents’ questions about Michigan’s new Booster Seat Law. The law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2008, requires all children up to age eight and 4’9” to be properly restrained in a booster seat while traveling in a vehicle.

Certified Safety Seat Technicians receive over 30 hours of instruction that combines classroom instruction, hands-on work with car seats and in vehicles, and a community safety seat checkup event. Successful completion of this course certifies the individual as a technician for two years.

The car seat safety check is sponsored by SafeKids Northwest Michigan Chapter.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. To pre-register for the car seat safety check, call Home Depot at 231-439-5300. For other questions regarding car seat safety, telephone Notestine at 231-347-5022.