Interim LSU Public Hospital Will Give Away 500 Booster Seats

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Booster Seat Giveaway

On Saturday, September 20th, 2008 the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force in coordination with the LSU Interim Hospital and the Louisiana State Police are hosting a free booster seat giveaway at Zephyr Field on Airline Hwy from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

During the event, nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will be on site teach proper use techniques. To obtain a free booster seat the following criteria must be followed:

1.) Child must be present.

2.) Child must weigh between 40-100 pounds

3.) Vehicle must have a lap / shoulder seatbelt.

The event is first come first serve while the supply is available.


Correct Booster Seat Use Is a Necessity for a Safe Evacuation

Interim LSU Public Hospital Will Give Away 500 Booster Seats

Baton Rouge (September 17, 2008) - With so many vehicles and people on the road during a hurricane evacuation, more than ever booster seats must be properly installed.

Three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed in vehicles, according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

That's why the Interim LSU Public Hospital is urging all parents and caregivers to attend the Second Annual "National Seat Check Saturday," on Saturday, September 20, 10 am - 2 pm, at Zephyr Stadium.

As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 21-27), the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force and Interim LSU Public Hospital will have certified technicians available to provide free booster seats to children 40 - 100 pounds.

The event is first come, first served. Free booster seats will be given for:

1) children 40 - 100 pounds

2) both child and vehicle must be present

3) the vehicle must have lap / shoulder seatbelt.

"It's the responsibility of every parent and caregiver to make sure their children are safely restrained - every trip, every time," said Bridget Gardner RN, Injury Prevention Coordinator at Interim LSU Public Hospital. "We are urging everyone to get their child safety seats inspected and to transport their child in the appropriate seat. When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes."

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research, 8,325 lives of children under age 5 have been saved by the proper use of child restraints during the past 30 years. In 2006, among children under 5, an estimated 425 lives were saved by child restraint use. Research shows that child restraints provide the best protection for all children up to age 8; after age 8 seat belts provide the best protection.

For maximum child passenger safety, Gardner said parents and caregivers should refer to the following 4 Steps for Kids guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on age and size:

1. For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds.

2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).

3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4'9" tall).

4. When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4'9" tall) they can use the adult seat belts in the back seat, if they fit properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).

For more information on Child Passenger Safety Week, a national effort to remind parents and caregivers of the lifesaving effect child safety seats have in protecting young children, please visit <>.

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