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July 5, 2012

Safe Kids group to conduct car seat checks

Woodward, Okla. — Attention all parents, grandparents and parents to be, do you ever worry whether your children's car seats are installed properly?

If you would like a free expert check, Safe Kids Oklahoma along with the Woodward County Fire Prevention will be conducting a car seat check on Saturday, July 14.

The car seat checks will be held at  the First Christian Church, 1316 9th street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 14.

Safe Kids Oklahoma is a non-profit injury prevention group that, among other things, teaches car seat safety including proper car seat installation, according to Julia Koelsch, rural child passenger safety coordinator with the organization.

"We talk to the parents about safety in the car and how to properly secure their children in the car," Koelsch said.

Safe Kids visits communities like Woodward about once a year, bringing 3 or 4 nationally trained technicians each time to teach parents how to correctly install their car seats, according to Koelsch.

"With all the different seat belt systems in vehicles, installation can be very tricky, that is why we come to these towns to make sure everyone has a chance to learn the proper way of installing their car seat in their car," she said.

In addition to making sure families have car seats installed properly, Koelsch said Safe Kids Oklahoma also wants to ensure that families have the car seats they need.

That's why Safe Kids also provides car seats to those families that can't afford a car seat, she said.  These are brand new car seats, which are offered at a discounted price, she said.

"Even if someone shows up and can't pay the few dollars that we have set, they will still get a car seat.  We just want the children to be protected," Koelsch said.

For more information on Safe Kids Oklahoma, to donate or to learn how to become a child passenger safety technician, visit the organization's website at safekidsok.org.

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