Saturday, September 21 was the final day of National Child Safety Week and to close it out the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department held a child seat event to inspect and install child car seats for the public.
Anyone that needed a child seat, needed one to be installed in their car, or needed a child seat inspected was permitted to come to the sheriff's department parking lot. Each person filled out paperwork, and had a technician install the seat.
"We have them come here, we check to see what age the child is, how much the child weighs, to see what correct seat that they need," said Sharon Lawson, an employee at the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department and a Child Seat Certified Technician. "And also to show the parents how to correctly install the car seat."
The sheriff's department often has events like this and takes the "Monongalia County Sheriff's Department Child Safety Seat Inspection Station" to other events.
"It's very important to read your car manual and then also read your car seat manual first," said Lawson. "Because what it explains, in your car manual, is where to put the seat in the type of vehicle you are driving and then it also tells you where the safest place is to put the seat. The safest place is in the middle in the back, but that's why we tell you to read the manual because certain cars might tell you different."
If you want to have your child's car seat inspected or installed, call and make an appointment at the sheriff's department by calling (304) 291-7260.