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LC Officials Push Car Seat Safety

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St. Helena Island, SC -

After an early morning accident on St. Helena Island, emergency responders push car seat safety.

"Safety is paramount when you're on the roadway or at anytime, when it comes to your children you cant be safe enough."

Beaufort County Sheriff's deputy Robert Arbelo stresses the importance of every child being properly restrained.

"When it comes to child safety seats, they have to be installed properly or they become ineffective."

Unfortunately people aren't always as safe as they can be, As was the case during an early-morning accident involving A woman and four children. Two of the children in the accident didn't have car seats or safety belts, resulting in injuries.

Emergency responder Lee Levesque says he's seen first-hand the dangers of not having or improperly installing a safety seat.

"The good news is that it doesn't happen often, but the bad news is that it only has to happen once, and for that child to be paralyzed, have brain damage, and of course the ultimate action resulting in their death."

Officials urge you to read the install instructions that come with your car seat and have local officials install it for you, so you know your family is safe every time you hit the road

"Beaufort county ems has a staff of people who are trained to install car seats appropriately, doesn't matter the type or the manufacturer, they can do that for you, and in fact they do that once a month or by appointment.....for whoever would be interested in that," said Levesque.

And police have some simple tips for parents...

"Guidelines that folks should remember, especially when they have children under 20lbs or less than a year old that they always need to be in a child safety seat, rear-facing in the back seat, and the other rule, if their child is less than five years old, they don't need to be in the front seat at all,"said Arbelo.

For more information on Child Safety log onto http://www.safekids.org/

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