Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids, along with the Barry County United Way and Thornapple Township Emergency Services (TTES), will host a car seat safety check in Barry County July 26 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the TTES station, 128 High Street in Middleville.
The inspections are free and replacement seats available for those who qualify, thanks to a grant from Priority Collision in Hastings. For an appointment, call Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Program at 616-391-7233.
The Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids is part of the DeVos hospital program.
According to national statistics, three out of every four car seats are installed incorrectly. “We are looking forward to bringing this event into Barry County for the first time,” said Captain Chad Klutman of TTES. “We see many accidents where children in properly installed car seats have saved a lot of injuries.” Local, certified car seat technicians will help the parent or care giver find which seat is right for their child and work with them on the proper installation.
“Car seats can be difficult to properly install. Sometimes it’s just the tricks we have learned that help the parent or care giver install them correctly every single time they move them,” said Lani Forbes, executive director of Barry County United Way.
Helen Devos Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention program is dedicated to educating families about how to reduce unintentional injuries to children.
Photo: Car seat technicians Stacey Youngs, Community Education, Spectrum Health Pennock, front, and Amanda Hoeksma, Family Support Center, ready to check child safety seats.