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AFD Hosts Free Car Seat Safety Check Event on March 11th

ALTUS, OK (KSWO)- Altus Fire Department and Jackson County Health Department along with Safe Kids Oklahoma will be sponsoring a Car Seat Safety Check event March 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Altus Fire Department Substation 1, 1915 North Main Street.

“Nearly 3 out of 4 car seats that are checked by technicians are either improperly installed or the child arrives in a car seat that is either too big or too small for them,” said Brandi Adams, Safe Kids Technician Proxy for the Altus Fire Department. “One common issue we see is people will use both the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) straps and the seatbelt to install the car seat when actually; you are supposed to only use either one, not both.”

Certified Technicians will provide assistance to parents and care givers to make sure their car seats are properly installed.

“It’s our job to keep our children safe,” Altus Fire Chief Kyle Davis said. “Get your car seats checked. Make certain they’re installed correctly, that your kids are in the right seats and are buckled in correctly. Even if you think your child is safe, check again, so you can be sure that your child is the safest he or she can be while traveling.”

A limited number of car seats will also be available at the event for families that qualify. A $10 donation per seat is requested. For more information, contact the Altus Fire Department at (580) 481-2231.

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