The Duncan Banner

November 12, 2012

Strapping into safety: Duncan crews give free child car seat inspections

Rebeka Rutledge
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death and injury to children under 14, and it is estimated that four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly, so Duncan is doing what it can to keep kids safe.

The Duncan Fire Department, along with Safe Kids Oklahoma, addressed proper car seat installation Friday afternoon.

“The City of Duncan has been interested in offering this service and getting participation from us,” said Lauren Farrah, executive director of Safe Kids Oklahoma. “All the people helping had a three-day class, where they were taught all about proper use of car seats.”

There were 17 participants in the class. All are either part of the DFD or Duncan Regional Hospital. For the next two years, they are certified to inspect car seats.

On Friday, the community was invited to drive through the Central Fire Station garage to get their car seats looked at. Inspectors checked to see if the car seats being used were legal, whether they were installed properly and being used in the correct way.

“Those who are on assistance (WIC, TANF, ect.) are able to get a new car seat at a reduced cost but everyone leaves the site with a correctly installed car seat,” Farrah said. “This is a great turnout for a community of Duncan’s size and it’s a great event.”

The inspections began at 2 p.m., and within 15 minutes, the line of vehicles stretched three cars deep out of the garage. Inspectors had their hands full but enjoyed the training.

“This is part of our training,” said Carson Atkinson, a Duncan fire fighter. “I think it’s good for the community and I’ve learned a lot.”