Cape Girardeau Fire Department holds car seat safety inspections

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI)- Car seat safety technicians educated parents on the correct ways a car seat should be used at Fire Station #3 in Cape Girardeau on Friday.

“The purpose of this today is to educate the caregiver on the best practices for choosing the best car seat for the child, installing the car seat and making sure the child is restrained properly,” said Drew St. John, the Fire Inspector with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department.

The child safety seat check station caps off a certification process for the child passenger safety program.

Fire inspector St. John says that motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of deaths for children.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 46 percent of car seats and booster seats are used incorrectly.

“So we want to make sure those seats are being installed properly and being properly used,” said St. John

One of the most important features on a car seat is an identification sticker located on the back.

“The CHAD Sticker is an identification sticker for that child,” said Lieutenant Blake Stone with the Jackson Fire Department. “It’s going to say their name, pediatrician, contact information. So, it’s just a good thing to have on the car seat.”

If you would like to have your car seat inspected, Cape and Jackson fire departments offer safety inspections throughout the year.

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