Certified Technicians Checking Proper Installation of Car Seats

The Cascade City-County Health Department, in partnership with the Montana Department of Transportation, is hosting a child safety seat inspection on Tuesday, February 26.

Certified child passenger safety technicians will be available from 1:30 to 3:30pm to check car seats for proper installation. They will also give advice on how to choose the right car seat and install it properly. The inspection will be in the parking lot of the Cascade City-County Health Department located at 115 4th Street South in Great Falls. The event is free to the public.

“There is so much you cannot control when driving – the weather or how other drivers behave,” said Mary Kay Burns, RN, with the Cascade City-County Health Department’s Safe Kids Car Seat Program. “However, you can protect your kids by putting them in the right car seats or booster seats for their age and size and making sure the seats are safely secured in the vehicle.”

Burns urges parents to follow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) recommendation to keep children in their restraint types for as long as possible before moving them to the next level. Many children are not tall enough to graduate from a booster seat to a lap and shoulder belt alone until age 10 or older. For maximum safety, a parent should have the car seat installation inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Transition. Bring your car seat, the vehicle it is used in, and the child who uses it.

For more information about the child seat safety inspection, contact Mary Kay Burns at 406-452-0881 x304.