The Penticton Fire Department, in conjunction with the BCAA, is offering a free car seat safety inspection on Sept. 19. Those planning to attend must book an appointment prior to the event. (Photo from freeimages.com)

Penticton Fire Department, BCAA offering free car seat inspection on Sept. 19

Those planning to attend must book an appointment prior to the event

New parents, caregivers or parents that need a refresher are invited for a free car seat safety inspection on Sept. 19.

Offered by the Penticton Fire Department, in conjunction with BCAA, the event takes place from 3 to 3:45 p.m. at Fire Station 202, 285 Dawson Ave. training ground area (rear of main fire station). Those planning to attend must book an appointment prior to the event by calling Jody Fotherby at 250-490-2318 or email jody.fotherby@penticton.ca.

“We often take the installation of child safety seats for granted,” said fire prevention officer, Capt. Mike Richards in a press release. “The free car seat safety inspection is a great venue for education around keeping children restrained properly, while traveling in a motor vehicle.”

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According to the release, the BCAA recommends keeping children in rear-facing seats as long as possible, up to the top heigh or weight allowed by the particular seat. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, he/she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.

After they outgrow their forward-facing car seats, children should be placed in booster seats until they’re big enough to fit seat belts properly without additional help. The release also states the safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back of the car.

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