(Newcomerstown, Ohio) —This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week.
To promote vehicle passenger safety awareness, the Tuscarawas County Health Department is partnering with Wendy’s restaurant, Safe Communities of Tuscarawas County, Ohio Buckles Buckeyes, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Newcomerstown Police Department to host Wendy’s Safety Day on Saturday, September 26th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Newcomerstown Wendy’s. Throughout this free event, participants will be able to receive a seatbelt safety check. All event activities will be conducted in a drive-up fashion and with full COVID-19 safety measures in place.
Out of an abundance of caution, now that the Ohio Department of Health has moved Tuscarawas County from an alert level 1 to an alert level 2 in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, Child Passenger Safety Technicians from the Tuscarawas County Health Department (TCHD) will not be conducting the car seat safety checks as originally planned. However, car seat safety information will be shared. Families in need of car seat safety checks, and/or families who would like to determine eligibility for a free car seat, may call TCHD at 330-343-5555, ext. 178 to schedule an appointment on another date and time.
“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are a leading cause of death for children, and events like these allow us to work with local families to ensure everyone is using car seats and seatbelts properly,” explained Kelly Snyder, Child Passenger Safety Technician and Safe Communities Coordinator for the Tuscarawas County Health Department (TCHD). “Many times, injuries and deaths can be prevented throughthe proper use of car seats, boosters, and seatbelts. We are hoping for a great turnout at this event so that we can help area residents travel as safely as possible in motor vehicles.”
In 2019, TCHD child passenger safety technicians (CPST) provided 93 complimentary car seat checks and found that 69% of the car seats were installed incorrectly. When a car seat is incorrectly installed, the CPSTs assist parents with learning to install the car seats correctly. Additionally, families in need may qualify to receive a free car seat through the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program. In 2019, TCHD supplied 156 car seats or booster seats to area families.
For more information about the Wendy’s Safety Day event, to learn about TCHD’s car seat safety classes, or to apply for a free car seat or booster seat, contact TCHD at 330-343-5555, ext. 178.