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Check your car seats

Mid-Ohio Valley residents generally go out of their way to make sure they’re doing the best for their kids. Keeping them safe in vehicles is no different. But sometimes we don’t always know when we could be doing something better. That’s where local organizations such as the Marietta/Belpre Health Department, Washington County Family and Children First, and the Child Passenger Safety Program of West Virginia come in.

Today in Reno and Marietta, those groups will be offering child car seat inspections to residents of both Ohio and West Virginia. Child passenger safety technicians will be able to show drivers how to properly install car seats — and make sure they have the right seat for children who might be riding with them. They will also look for car seats that are old or damaged enough to be unsafe.

According to organizers of the event, 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly. And, in addition to car seats being required by law, the importance of using them properly is intensified by the knowledge that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of childhood fatalities in the U.S.

To make sure you are doing all you can to avoid that, stop by one of two locations today: from 9-11:30 a.m. at 260 Sandhill Road, Reno; or from 1-3 p.m. at 301 Putnam St., Marietta.

If you arrive and find out you’ve been doing everything properly and the seats in your vehicle are as safe as they can be, wonderful. But if you are helped to properly install — or find the correct car seat for the children who might be riding in your car — you will be able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing you took another step toward keeping those kids safe. Don’t miss that chance.

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