From left: Daryl Parslow, car seat technician from Hamilton County Public Health; Amanda Ambrosino, child safety technician; Sarah Jomay, Fulton County Public Health account clerk; Alyssa Craig, Fulton County Public Health health educator; Suzanne Stegich, Montgomery County Public Health community health worker; Bill VanAlstyne, Albany County Public Health program director.
Dusten Rader/Express Editor
By DUSTEN RADER
JOHNSTOWN — Several area residents can feel safer when driving after attending a child safety seat check.
The Fulton County Public Health Department and Capital Region Safe Kids on Thursday, Sept. 14, held a Child Safety Seat Check event in the Fulton County Highway and Facilities garage in Johnstown.
The event is held annually to allow state certified technicians to ensure area residents are properly using car seats and that the product hasn’t been recalled.
According to Alyssa Craig, Fulton County Public Health health educator, although the event usually draws several area residents, she would like to see attendance increase and a new location next year may help accomplish that goal.
“We’re making sure they leave safer than when they get here,” Craig said. “Most seats aren’t installed tight enough — that’s the most common issue.”
Kristina Fisher of Johnstown brought her daughter, Piper, 3, to have her seat checked and get her unborn baby boy Bishop’s seat checked in anticipation of his birth. Fisher said she attended because she wants to keep her kids safe, and that the seats never feel tight enough. A check of her seat by Craig revealed that it had not been properly strapped in, and the problem was remedied.
If a seat is expired, recalled, has an unknown history or has been in an accident it should be replaced. Replacement seats are provided for free at events such as this. Those not in attendance can contact Craig to schedule an appointment to have their seat checked, but free seats are only available to the public during the annual event. If a resident is receiving some form of government assistance the free seats are always available. For more information, call 518-736-5720.
The annual Child Safety Seat Check program is funded by a grant from the Government Traffic Safety Committee.