Press release from City of Hendersonville:
National Child Passenger Safety Week is taking place this week and the Hendersonville Fire Department would like to remind parents and caregivers to ensure children are secured in a properly installed child safety seat.
“We know proper child safety seat installation is critical to protecting and saving the lives of children involved in car crashes,” said Hendersonville Fire Chief Joseph Vindigni. “Our Fire Department is committed to working with caregivers to provide education and offer safety seat installation assistance.”
According to Safe Kids North Carolina, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among children ages 1 to 19. Of those children ages 12 and under who died in vehicle crashes in 2017, nearly 40% were not restrained. Children ages 2 to 5 who use safety belts prematurely are four times more likely to suffer a serious injury if in an accident.
Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed September 15-21 Child Passenger Safety Week in North Carolina with Child Passenger Safety Day occurring on September 21.
Both Hendersonville Fire Stations are Child Passenger Safety Check Stations. All fire department staff members are Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians ready to assist the public with proper safety seat installation.
If parents, grandparents or caregivers are having even the slightest trouble with a child safety seat or have questions or concerns, please stop by the following locations for assistance:
Fire Station 1 – 851 N. Main Street – 10am-7pm
Fire Station 2 – 632 Sugarloaf Road – 10am-7pm
For more information contact the Hendersonville Fire Department at (828) 697-3024 or visit their website at hendersonvillenc.gov/fire-department