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Safety First: Is your Child Car Seat Properly Installed?

With the approach of the holiday travel season, the Union County Board of County Commissioners invites parents and caregivers with infants and young children to visit the free Child Safety Seat Inspection Program on Thursday, October 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Union County Fire and EMS Training Academy campus in Linden.

“The free Child Safety Seat Inspection Program is one of our most popular County services. We encourage all parents and care givers to visit the program and have their seats checked, especially before holiday travel begins,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.

“Hundreds of drivers in Union County bring their car seats to the Safety Seat program every year. It’s free of charge, and it can make a real difference in the event of a collision,” said Commissioner Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded.

The Fire and EMS Training Academy is located at 1075 Edward Street, Linden. To access the Seat Inspection Program and parking lot, use the driveway entrance on Avenue C (heading south on Avenue C from Edgar Road, the driveway is just past the Extra Space Storage building on the right).

The inspection program is open to all parents and care givers, including non-residents as well as Union County residents. It is free of charge, and no appointment is needed.

At the inspection program, certified technicians who are trained through the organization SAFEKIDS Worldwide will be on hand to check child safety seats for proper installation. In the event adjustments are needed, they will explain how to install the seat correctly.

In addition to the special afternoon session on October 27, Union County’s Child Safety Seat Inspection Program is available throughout the year, free of charge, every Wednesday and Thursday morning from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Garwood Rescue Squad, located at 401 2nd Avenue in Garwood. No appointment is necessary.

The Child Safety Seat Inspection Program is a service of the Union County Commissioner Board, Union County Police Department and Garwood First Aid Squad, and is supported with funding from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

Union County also offers additional safety resources including the AAA CarFit program for seniors and bicycle helmet safety education.

For more information about the Safety Seat Inspection Program and other services visit online at ucnj.org/childseats or contact Christine Marcantonio, Traffic Safety Program Coordinator, by email at cmarcantonio@ucnj.org or by phone at 908-789-6830.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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