It’s estimated that as many as 90 percent of infant car seats may be installed or used improperly, which can dramatically increase a child’s risk of injury in a crash. John Hedges, Mattoon Police Officer and State of Illinois certified car seat technician, says that every time he performs one of these car seat clinics at Sarah Bush Lincoln he finds that every car seat must be adjusted to ensure it is as safe as it can possibly be. That’s why we recommend leaving the installation of your car seat up to the experts!
The Safe and Snug Car Seat Class and Clinic will be held from 1 to 3 pm, Sunday, February 12, in the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education and adjacent parking lot. Expectant parents are encouraged to have their car seats checked by 36 weeks of pregnancy, but are welcomed and encouraged to come at any time. New parents are also invited to attend.
The Education Center is located in the back of the hospital (north side). To locate it, drive around to the back (look for the water tower) and enter through the clearly labeled Education Center entrance. The class will be held in the Lincoln Room, which is the first room on the left.
Bring your car seat installed in your car the way you believe it is supposed to be fitted. Officer Hedges will first talk about car seat safety and give us some important pointers on keeping those kids safe. Then each car seat will be individually inspected by Officer Hedges and additional certified car seat technicians from Douglas County Public Health Department.
There is no fee, but pre-registration is required. To do so or if you have any questions, please contact Pam Hood, Perinatal Education Coordinator at 217.258.BABY (2229) or firstname.lastname@example.org .