HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) Car seats are a necessity when it comes to keeping children safe while riding in vehicles, but they are only effective when installed correctly.
A 2012 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 20 percent of drivers with small children failed to read instructions for child safety restraints.
To ensure drivers are correctly installing their child's safety seats the Hartsville Fire Department is offering a free child safety seat check on February 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lawton Park.
Safety seats will be inspected by trained personnel from both the Hartsville Fire and Police Departments.
"The value of car seats is simple: they save lives," Hartsville Fire Chief Jeff Burr said in a press release. "They must be used properly to provide this safety, however. Parents and caregivers who check in with our free service will be able to know that they are using their seats in the safest way possible."
S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the nonprofit advocacy group Safe Kids have organized this free safety seat check.
Lawton Park is located at 716 Prestwood Drive in Hartsville.