Murfreesboro to hold free child safety seat inspections

Murfreesboro to hold free child safety seat inspections (Image 1)

The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department in conjunction with Safe Kids will be conducting child safety seat inspections this Thursday, January 24.

Child safety seats save hundreds of young lives every year, but proper use is vital. Statistics show that the majority are installed improperly.

“Four out of five car seats and about 40% of booster seats are installed incorrectly or used incorrectly,” Public Information Officer Ashley McDonald told Nashville's News 2, adding, “73% use them incorrectly and that's just those that come through these inspection check points.”

The inspection is the final requirement for a 32 hour class that will officially certify 25 fire personnel to safely and correctly install child safety seats.

“Safety is a big concern for us at the fire department; fire safety, life safety and this is just one of those other components,” McDonald explained.

“We are excited to be able to offer this service to the citizens of Murfreesboro,” Fire Chief Cumbey Gaines said. “The public will be able to stop by any fire station or any event where our special events team is present and have their child safety seat inspected or installed correctly.”

The inspections will be located at Fire Station 2 at 2880 Runnymeade Drive from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The public can stop by the station to let firefighters check their child's safety seat for proper installation.

Make sure and bring your car seat, instructions and car owner's manual.

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