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By Jim Donovan:  On Saturday, February 23, 2013, the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will be holding a “Safety Day” at the Medford Lakes Fire Department on Stokes Road from 9 am to 12 pm.

The free event will include child safety seat checks by certified Child Safety Seat Technicians.  Anyone who has a car seat in their vehicle can stop by to make sure that the seat is installed properly.

“Parents should stop by to have their child’s safety seat checked by our certified technicians. It only takes a few minutes to complete.” said Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield. “We have inspected more than 10,000 safety seats since we started this program 13 years ago. Over the last year, fewer than 12% of the seats we’ve checked have been installed correctly.”

The Sheriff added that in the past a child whose seat had been checked and installed by the team was involved in a motor vehicle crash, but made it through unharmed. “The child slept during the incident and his seat remained secure throughout the ordeal,” said Stanfield.

For more information, call the Sheriff’s Department Community Services Unit at (609) 265-3788.

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