According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 8,959 lives were saved by child restraints from 1975 to 2008. However, car seats are only safe if they are used correctly, which is why NHTSA sponsors the National Seat Check Saturday. Conducted from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Centegra Health Campus in Huntley, this will be a day dedicated to ensuring the safety and quality of child car seats.
Centegra Health System partners with Safe Kids McHenry County, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety to host the free car seat check. This opportunity will ensure the safety of the children throughout the greater McHenry County Area. It will also serve as a teaching tool for parents and children about the different steps and stages of car seat safety.
Safe Kids is an international organization dedicated to preventing the death of young children due to accidental injury, and provides important safety checks throughout the year to ensure that children are safe when they travel both by bike and car.
Melanie Korzuchowski, trauma coordinator at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock is active in Safe Kids McHenry County and believes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website provides useful information about child safety while driving. Its “4 Easy Steps to Protect our Children” helps parents understand the different safety measures needed for their children from infants to the time they can wear seat belts.
To learn more about the safety opportunities in the neighborhood, visit the NHTSA website at http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS.