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TAYLORVILLE — On Thursday, Jan. 25, the Christian County Health Department is hosting a free car seat safety check from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at their facility, 730 Pawnee St., Taylorville.
The Health Department’s Emergency Response Coordinator, Bryan Delendik Jr., is a Certified National Child Passenger Seat Technician and has been educated to make sure child car seats are installed correctly, and educate parents and caregivers how to use and install a car seat on their own. This one on one safety check takes approximately 30 minutes, depending on the car seat and type of vehicle. He will determine whether participants have the proper car seat for the child’s age, weight and height; review the car seat instructions; and the vehicle owner’s manual. Additionally, he will check for recalls, damage and an expiration date for the car seat. He will also go over the next steps as to when the child may be ready for the next type of car seat and answer any questions.
To make an appointment, call the Health Department, at 217-824-4113.
Please bring the child who will be riding in the seat, the vehicle owner’s manual and the car seat instruction manual, if possible. If the child is not available for the appointment, participants will need to provide their height and weight. Upon arrival for the appointment, there will be a designated area marked with cones. Pull into the area and wait until a staff member comes to the vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration says car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children in a crash. However, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13.
Contact the Christian County Health Department, 217-824-4113, for any questions.