EVART \u2014 Nothing makes anxious parents listen more quickly than hearing the words \u201cchildren\u201d and \u201csafety\u201d in the same sentence, and a properly installed car seat is what keeps a child safe inside a motor vehicle. To make sure car seats are installed properly the MeCeola Children's Council offers car-seat clinics from 10 a.m. to noon. The clinics are held on the first and fourth Tuesday of each month in Evart and Big Rapids. "Our goal at that clinic is to educate parents about proper installation of child safety seats," said Tpr. Kim Vetter, Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor. For Karen McNally, coming to the Evart clinic helps her understand the laws regarding child restraint in a vehicle. "Sometimes rules change and I want to be sure my children are in the proper seat," McNally said. "Relatives can tell you one thing or you hear something from friend about which seat to use, but that information could just be an interpretation." The clinic is staffed with a certified car-seat technician who examine the current car-seat parents or guardians are using. Once the inspection is done, the technician will determine if the current seat is suitable for the child. "We inspect the seat children are in and make adjustments," Vetter said. "Basically, we got to make sure the child is safer when they leave than when they came in. If a parent needs a new car seat we help them get their child into one." During the seat inspection, Vetter explained to McNally about height, age and weight restrictions for each of her children. "I know when I leave today my children will be properly restrained and the seats are properly installed," McNally said. Vetter showed McNally where to place her car seat and how to install it. "We demonstrate how to install the car seat for parents and guardians," Vetter said. "Then we have the parent install the seat. That way they know how to do it themselves if the seat gets moved or taken out of the vehicle." Helping families understand car seat safety also takes help from local people. Vetter is encouraging people to attend a National Standardized Child Safety Class in May to be a certified car seat technician. "We really need to have two or three technicians at each clinic in order to serve people properly," Vetter said. "Having this class we hope to train a good pool of people to help at our clinics." To make an appointment or for more information regarding the car seat clinic in Evart, contact Carrie Thompson at (231) 620-0895, for Big Rapids contact Amy Eddinger at (231) 592-0129. For more information about participating in the National Standardized Child Safety Class in May contact Trooper Kim Vetter at (989) 429-9065 or email@example.com.