Free car seat check-up program offered in Pines

Is your child’s car seat safe?  

In Maryland, more than 80 percent of car seats are incorrectly used, according to Maryland Kids in Safety Seats, a division of the Maryland Institute Emergency Medical Services Systems. 

The program will offer a free car seat check-up event on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department on 911 Ocean Parkway. 

Certified child passenger safety technicians will complete a checklist and teach attendees how to correctly install and use a car seat. Appointments take about 45 minutes per car seat.  

Attendees should pre-install the seat(s) to the best of their ability, and bring both the car seat and vehicle owner’s manuals. 

“Keeping your child safe is one of the most important things you do as a parent or caregiver,” program director Susanne Ogaitis-Jones said. “Keeping children safe when riding in vehicles needs to be high on your priority list, as each year thousands of children are killed or injured in car crashes. Use of car seats, boosters and seat belts is very effective at preventing deaths and injuries, but it does make a difference if you are using the right restraint and using it properly.” 

To schedule an appointment, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094aa5a92aa5f49-20197. A limited number of drive-ups may be available, based on demand.  

For additional questions, call Maryland Kids in Safety Seats at 410-767-6016 or 800-370-7328. 

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