Before my daughter was born, my wife and I were getting all of our preparations in order for the big day at Berkshire Medical Center. One task that I took care of was making sure I had the car seat installed correctly. Seeing that I was about to become a new parent, I contacted the Pittsfield Police Department as they offer a service where an officer will go to your home and help you install your car set properly. I think this is a valuable service for parents as it gives you peace of mind that your little one is riding safely in your vehicle.

Did You Know That 3 Out of 4 Car Seats are Installed or Used Incorrectly? Don't Panic, Berkshire County's Tri-Town Health Department in Lee is Here to Help

Because of this alarming statistic, similar to local Berkshire County police departments, Lee's Tri-Town Health Department is offering a service where you can schedule a free educational installation appointment with a certified child safety passenger technician. In addition, the department offers free car seats to those who qualify.

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In addition to scheduling an appointment, the department is sharing these 4 Safety Tips:

  • Children should be rear-facing from birth until age 2-4 or until they reach the max weight or height of their car seat.
  • Children should be forward-facing after outgrowing rear-facing car seats and until at least the age of 5.
  • Children should be using a booster seat after outgrowing the forward-facing car seat and until the seat belt fits properly.
  • Children should use the car's seat belt when the belt fits properly without a booster seat.

To schedule your free educational installation appointment, contact Jill Sweet by emailing: jill@tritownhealth.org or by calling (413) 717-7209. Here's to safe car rides for your little ones.

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