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Car Seat Check | July 27


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: obiggs@lickingcohealth.org, (740) 349-6488

07/12/2016 LICKING COUNTY, OHIO –
The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) is partnering with Safe Kids Ohio and the Indian Mound Mall to provide a free Car Seat Check event on Wednesday, July 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Join LCHD in our goal to ensure children in the county are safe while riding in a vehicle.

The Car Seat Check event will be held at the Indian Mound Mall in Heath on the parking grounds of the southeast side of the building. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be available to assist with car seat installations. Vehicle drive-ups are welcome, or appointments may be scheduled by calling (740) 349-6514.

Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States. “According to Safe Kids Worldwide, correctly used car seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent,” said Ashley See, Health Educator and Child Passenger Safety Technician. “Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly. This is why we encourage parents and caregivers to have their seats inspected by a certified child passenger safety technician, always read labels on the car seat, read the car seat manual and vehicle owner’s manual before installation.”

“LCHD performs approximately 100 car seat inspections each year and believes education is an important piece to child passenger safety,” said See. "We like to educate parents and caregivers on the proper installation of the car seat. This way they feel comfortable installing the seat themselves once we have given them the proper instruction.”  

In addition to car seat checks, the Licking County Health Department provides new car seats or booster seats at no cost for low income families in need.  This is made possible by grants from the Ohio Department of Health and the Licking County Foundation. Contact Ashley See at (740) 349-6514 to find out if you qualify to receive a free car seat.
 
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“The Licking County Health Department serves more than 160,000 citizens in the Licking County General Health District by preventing disease, protecting the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles with a vision of healthy people living in healthy communities.”
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