Child safety seats to be given away
WORTHINGTON — Throughout her years in law enforcement, Tracy Brown witnessed numerous injuries to children involved in car crashes — injuries that may have been prevented if the children were properly secured in a child safety seat or booster.
At the Nobles County Fair Thursday, Brown — now the Southern Minnesota Child Passenger Safety Liaison — joined Jen Froderman, a Nobles County Community Services (NCCS) social worker, and Fabio Lopez, an outreach working in NCCS’ public health department, in educating the public about the rules of child seatbelt use.
From telling parents that children must be at least 1 year old and weigh a minimum of 20 pounds to be placed in a forward-facing child safety seat; to stressing the importance of using a booster seat for all children who are less than 4 feet, 9 inches tall, Brown said the messages are meant to prevent serious injuries to children involved in crashes.
Starting Thursday and continuing through Sunday, visitors to the public health booth will be encouraged to register to win one of two child safety seats to be given away — along with educational materials on how to properly install and use the seats. The seats were purchased with donations from Worthington’s Early Risers Kiwanis group.
To register, stop by the public health booth inside the commercial building on the fairgrounds.
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