Albany Fire Department Reminding Parents About Car Seat Safety
ALBANY, GA. – September 19, 2018 (wfxl.com) As reported online at wfxl.com, firefighters in Albany, Georgia, are reminding parents about car seat safety as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.*
The Albany Fire Department firefighters say they have seen too many vehicle accidents end in serious injuries or fatalities for children. “It’s horrible, and it’s especially a challenge for firefighters who have children at home,” said Albany Assistant Fire Prevention Chief Eugene Anderson. “You see incidents like that, and you think about your children.”
Many injury-causing and fatal accidents can be prevented with proper seat safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicle crashes in the United States are the leading cause of death for children ages 2 to 14 years. As cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 663 children ages 12 and younger died in motor vehicle accidents in 2015. In 2014, more than 121,000 children 12 years or younger were injured in vehicle accidents.
A report from NPR indicates 20 percent of children involved in serious car accidents between 2010 and 2014 were not properly restrained or were not wearing seat belts. More than 40 percent of children who died in vehicle accidents from 2010 to 2014 were not properly restrained or were not wearing seat belts.
Georgia law mandates that all children under the age of 8 years and under 57 inches tall ride in a car seat or safety seat in the back of a vehicle. Because some car seats can be difficult to place inside a car, Albany firefighters say if any parents in the area need help installing their car seats, they can contact Fire Station #1.
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