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    Fort McCoy DES checks car seats for military families

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    Story by Aimee Malone 

    Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office           

    Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) personnel are inspecting car seats for military families as part of Month of the Military Family in November.

    Personnel were available Nov. 4-7 at the Child Development Center with displays of different types of car seats and offering guidance on how to use them.

    A similar display will be set up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12-14 at South Post Family Housing.

    Families can also schedule personal inspections during that time to make sure their car seats are right for their children’s age and weight and are
    secured properly in their vehicles.

    Community Liaison Specialist Bob Bills said DES decided to offer the car-seat inspections in November to honor Month of the Military Family and to promote safety before upcoming holidays.

    “Anything we can do to promote safety, to make sure someone doesn’t get an injury, we’re going to promote it,” Bills said. “With the holidays
    coming up and people traveling, we thought this would be a good fit.”

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at, vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children between 1 and 13 years old. Of the children who died in car crashes in 2017, 37 percent were unrestrained. Child safety seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (under 1 year old) and by 54 percent for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars.

    In addition, nearly 60 percent of car seats are installed or adjusted
    incorrectly, which can be detrimental in an accident. Getting car seats
    inspected can help children avoid injury or death in case of a crash
    by pointing out and fixing problems before an accident occurs.

    In addition to stopping by the displays and scheduling an inspection, information on car seats and booster seats can be found online at

    Learn more about Fort McCoy online at or on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy.”



    Date Taken: 11.08.2019
    Date Posted: 11.08.2019 09:40
    Story ID: 351082
    Location: FORT MCCOY, WI, US 

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