The next time you see a car with a child strapped into a car seat, consider that the child may be among the four out of five traveling in a safety seat that is not being used correctly.
On Wednesday, a group of EMTs, paramedics and others were trained to serve as certified child passenger safety technicians.
The group was instructed by Laura Owen and John Parenteau of the Safe Kids Worldwide program, which aims to get all kids riding safely in vehicles.
They will put that certification to use from 4-6 p.m. Thursday when they offer free child car seat safety checks at the International Falls Fire Station, 600 Fourth St., International Falls.
People are encouraged to stop in, as no appointment is needed.
The technicians will help:
- Make sure the right car seat is being used for the right child.
- Make sure the seat you are using has not been recalled by the manufacturer.
- Teach people how to install a child seat correction.