The Turners Falls Fire Department is one of 58 local police and fire departments, non-profit agencies, and hospitals to be awarded a Child Passenger Safety Grant.
The fire department received $3,500 to purchase 38 car seats plus several infant car beds for preemies.
Turners Falls Fire Department had applied for the grant in the fall of 2018 to better serve families who have trouble affording car seats to protect their children. The fire department has two certified technicians that can ensure children’s seats are installed correctly.
“Almost 70 percent of car seats are installed improperly,” Luke Heartnett explained, “or they can also be out of date or have recalls.
“What they found in the past is that many families will just keep handing car seats down over and over again,” Deputy Fire Chief Leon Ambo added, “to the point where they’re not safe any longer.”
The fire department told 22News that properly installed car and booster seats have been proven to reduce the risk of death and injury to children involved in crashes.
The fire department encourages families to get their car seats properly installed.
For a listing of car seat inspections statewide, visit the state’s website.