Safe Kids Lower Shore Maryland Coalition Offers Car Seat Inspections on Seat Check Saturday

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tammy Griffin
Safe Kids of Lower Shore MD
410-219-7480

2013 09 21 Sams ClubSalisbury, MD – Safe Kids Lower Shore Maryland Coalition urges parents and caregivers to make sure their car seats and booster seats are properly installed on “National Seat Check Saturday,” September 21. Salisbury will have certified child passenger safety technicians available to provide hands-on instruction on installing car and booster seats at Sam’s Club, 2700 N. Salisbury Blvd. from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.

“Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent,” said Tammy Griffin, Safe Kids Lower Shore MD. “We want all parents to make sure their car seats are used and installed correctly and that the whole family is buckled up every time, on every ride. And we’re here to help.”

In a nationwide effort to educate parents and caregivers during Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids and the General Motors Foundation are teaming up for Seat Check Saturday activities as part the Buckle Up program, a national initiative established 16 years ago by Safe Kids and the GM Foundation to keep children and families safe in and around cars.

Safe Kids will host more than 500 child seat inspections across the country for CPS week, including one on Tuesday, September 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Worcester County Health Department, 9730 Healthway Dr. Berlin, MD. Call the Berlin Police Department for details (410-641-1333).

Car seat inspections offer drivers the chance to receive assistance and guidance from certified car seat technicians regarding proper installation of their child safety and booster seats. Safe Kids Buckle Up events continue throughout the year.

Parents can also check their own car and booster seats by using this car seat check list. Certified child passenger safety technicians are available to help you or double check your work. Parents and caregivers can locate an event in their community by visiting the Safe Kids website at safekids.org.

About Safe Kids Lower Shore Maryland Coalition
Safe Kids Lower Shore MD works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. SKLSMD is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Lower Shore MD is led by Wicomico County Health Department and Wicomico Cooperative Extension. For more information, visit safekids.org or wicomicohealth.org.

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.

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