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Franciscan St. Francis Health to offer free child safety seat inspections

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health is encouraging parents and caregivers to have children’s safety seats inspected based on recommendations issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The hospital is offering free inspections with certified technicians available to advise on the proper use of seats for youngsters. The event is 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15 in the parking lot of Franciscan St. Francis Weight Loss Center (5230-A E. Stop 11 Road).

The hospital is partnering on the project with the Automotive Safety Program (ASP) at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute for this event.

If unable to visit the inspection sites, adults can arrange for free inspections by calling the hospital at 317-528-5774 or ASP toll-free at 800-KID-N-CAR.

Language interpreters will be on hand to assist Hispanic and Burmese/Chin parents and adult caregivers. Children’s car seats will be provided for families who can prove they are receiving public assistance and the child must be present.

“We want to help adults do their best to protect children,” said Sharilyn Wagner, RN, a postpartum nurse and Child Passenger Safety Technician at Franciscan St. Francis. “It’s said that three in four child seats are not placed correctly. In the end, when it comes to the safety of your child, there is no room for mistakes.”

To learn more about the Child Passenger Safety Clinic at Franciscan St. Francis Health, CLICK HERE.