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City fire station doing routine child safety seat checks

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on May 9, 2008 1:45 PM

Concerned about the number of young passengers not being properly restrained in Wayne County vehicles, the City of Goldsboro has established Fire Station No. 2 as a permanent checking station for child safety seat installments.

Located at 1901 Royall Ave., the station is a fixed location where parents and caregivers can obtain information about child restraints and receive assistance installing their car seats.

The services are available on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 3 to 6 p.m.

The importance of the program is highlighted by research done by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration that shows that 7,000 lives have been saved by the proper use of child restraints during the past 20 years.

The same research shows that child restraints, if used properly, provide the best protection for all children up to age eight.

"Child safety seats and booster seats only work best when they are used correctly," said David Poythress of Wayne Partnership for Children. "It is so important for people to get their child's seats checked. When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes."

"Our main goal is to make sure that when a child is brought into a city fire station with their parent, grandparent or caregiver, that they leave the fire department safer than when they arrived," added Fire Chief Alvin Ward.