Wilmington, NC (WWAY) – The Wilmington Police and Fire Departments are teaming up to help improve child safety.
In observance of “Child Passenger Safety Week” the departments are offered free car seat checks, as well as a bike skills course and hands only CPR training.
Officers say that learning small things could help save your child’s life in the event of an emergency.
“Four out of five people are installing car seats and don’t realize that there is something wrong or it’s not in correctly,” said Meg Langston of the Wilmington Fire Department. “We really encourage people to get their seats checked in their opportunities throughout New Hanover County. Lots of things that people don’t realize are wrong are that their harness retainer clip, which is the little clip in their car seat, is not in the right place on their child or the seat belt is not locking in place and when they drive around it moves a little bit more than it should.”
North Carolina law requires that a child be restrained in a car until they’re at least eight years old or weigh more than eighty pounds.