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July 20, 2019

6/4/2019 7:30:00 AM
Free car seat inspections June 6

The Oneida County Health Department will hold a free car seat inspection event from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 6, at the Rhinelander Fire Department, 128 W. Frederick Street, Rhinelander.

"Three out of four child safety seats are not used correctly," according to a department press release. "Come to our community event to make sure your child is safe."

Car seats will be available based on need and income eligibility, the release notes

Car seat safety

Rear-facing car seat: Children must be rear-facing in a car seat until age 1 and 20 pounds. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children stay rear-facing until at least age 2 or longer if they are still within the weight and height restrictions of their rear-facing seat.

Forward-facing harness seat: Once a child is in a forward-facing car seat, he or she must remain in a harness until age 4 and 40 pounds. Some seats have harness weights up to 50-80 lbs., allowing children to stay in a harness longer. Children are much better protected when restrained in a harness.

Booster seat: A booster seat is required once a child has graduated from a forward-facing harness seat, until the child reaches one of the following: 8 years old or 80 pounds or 4 feet and 9 inches tall. Children should stay in a booster seat until they are tall enough to sit on the vehicle seat without slouching and the seat belt fits snugly across the hips, chest and shoulder. This is usually 4-9.

Seat belt: A seat belt is required once a child has outgrown the requirements of a booster seat. Always use a lap and shoulder belt instead of a lap belt only. Back sea: Children 12 and younger should sit in the back seat.

Visit www.safekidswi. org for more valuable information.

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