Child seat safety clinics offered in Evart

OSCEOLA COUNTY — The Evart Area Fire Department is participating in National Child Passenger Safety Week through Saturday.

Free car seat safety clinics take place from 10 a.m. to noon every fourth Tuesday of the month at the site, located at 109 E. Sixth St.

The number of children being cared for by non-parental caregivers, including grandparents, either full- or part-time, has increased over the last decade resulting in a larger variety of people being responsible for safely transporting a child in a vehicle.

“As more grandparents assume the role of primary or secondary caregiver, it is important they remain up-to- date on the best practices for child passenger safety,” stated Michigan State Police Trooper Kim Vetter, child passenger safety technician instructor. “I have yet to see a grandparent with their child passenger seat installed correctly when they come to our clinic, but they all leave with the seat installed properly and with the information so that they feel comfortable installing the seat again.”

One key issue for most grandparents is the use of older car seats.

“Grandparents are more likely to purchase a car seat at garage sales or reuse old seats," Vetter added. "Car seats should not be purchased secondhand because the history of the seat is unknown.”

For local information or to schedule an appointment, call Carrie Thompson at (231) 620-0895.