#childsafety | OCH brings awareness to child safety on National Seat Check Saturday | Local

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) – Keeping your child safe is a parent’s number one priority and one of the most dangerous places a child can be is in the car.

On Saturday, the day is dedicated to teaching you how to keep your child safe while in a vehicle in what’s known as “National Seat Check Saturday”.

Paula Hamilton is a healthcare worker at OCH Regional Medical Center.

She is also the only certified Car Seat Safety Technician in the area.

“I still have parents and people in the community that ask me questions and look for advice,” said Hamilton. “I want to be able to stay up to date and be able to help them.”

Hamilton said motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death to children 12 and under.

To prevent a tragedy from striking your family, she said you need to know how to determine the correct size of car seat (based on height and weight), keep the car seat rear facing until the age of two or three, and require children to sit in the backseat until the age of 13.

She said she feels so passionately about helping others because of the frequency of deaths to young children in car accidents.

In 2019, studies showed more than a third (38%) of children under the age of 13 killed in passenger vehicles weren’t restrained in their car seats, booster seats, or seat belts.

If you are in need of a car seat, Hamilton asked that you reach out to your local county health department.

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