KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Observing Child Passenger Safety Week

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Observing Child Passenger Safety Week
DATE: September 18, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is proudly observing Child Passenger Safety Week this week, September 17 through 23, 2017. K.P.D. is also teaming up with our public safety partners at the Kingsport Fire Department for a Child Passenger Safety Seat Checkpoint on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

This event will take place at the K.F.D. Fire Station #2, located at 1804 Crescent Drive in Kingsport. Child Passenger Seat Technicians from the Kingsport Police and Fire Departments will be present and available to inspect seats and instruct caregivers in their proper use. Parents, guardians, and other childcare providers are strongly encouraged to stop by.

The following educational information and resource guide was distributed earlier today by our friends at the Kingsport Fire Department:

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week

This Child Passenger Safety Week the Kingsport Fire Department reminds parents and caregivers that using the correct car seat or booster seat can be a lifesaver: make sure your child is always buckled in an age- and size-appropriate car seat or booster seat. The Kingsport Fire Department will host a Child Passenger Seat Checkpoint Wednesday, September 20th, from 10-2pm at KFD Fire Station #2 near the corner of Center Street and Ft Henry Drive. Child Passenger Seat Technicians from Kingsport Fire and Police Departments will be on hand to check seats and instruct caregivers of proper use.

FIND THE RIGHT CAR SEAT

Car Seat Types

Learn about the four types of car seats, while keeping in mind the following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

· As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure you use a car seat that fits your child’s current size and age.

· Not all car seats fit in all vehicles. Make sure the car seat is the right fit for your vehicle(PDF, 1.77 MB). Test the car seat you plan to buy to make sure it fits well in your vehicle.

· Buy a car seat that can be installed and used correctly every time.

Rear-Facing Car Seat

The best seat for your young child to use. It has a harness and, in a crash, cradles and moves with your child to reduce the stress to the child’s fragile neck and spinal cord.

Types

· Infant Car Seat (Rear-Facing only): Designed for newborns and small babies, the infant-only car seat is a small, portable seat that can only be used rear-facing. Babies usually outgrow their infant car seats by 8 or 9 months. When that happens, we recommend that parents purchase a convertible or all-in-one car seat and use it rear-facing.

· Convertible Seat: As a child grows, this seat can change from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat with a harness and tether. Because it can be used with children of various sizes, it allows for children to stay in the rear-facing position longer.

· All-in-One Seat: This seat can change from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat (with a harness and tether) and to a booster seat as a child grows. Because it can be used with children of various sizes, it allows for children to stay in the rear-facing position longer.

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