Parents and guardians can help save lives and prevent serious injuries by taking a few precautions.
Prince William County officials are encouraging drivers to make sure their child’s car seat is installed correctly.
Safety seats can reduce the risk of an infant sustaining serious injuries by 71 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
However, three out of four aren’t properly installed.
Caregivers should choose a car seat that’s appropriate for their child’s height and weight.
Children should be placed in rear-facing seats until they are 2, according to a release from the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (PWCDFR). Then, they should use forward-facing ones that have a harness.
Passengers who are under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat.
When they are installing a car seat, parents and guardians should read the instructions and have it inspected.
A seat check is scheduled for Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
It will take place at Target, which is located at 13301 Gateway Center Drive in Gainesville.
Various organizations are also hosting similar events on “National Seat Check Saturday,” which is on September 29.
The seats can be checked at area fire stations year round, as well.
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