I often have to do news stories about toddlers or babies killed because they are not properly restrained. This could be avoided by making sure your children or grandchildren are in properly installed car seats.
Unfortunately, many adults unwittingly put children in carseats that aren't properly installed.
LSU Health Shreveport
LSU Health Shreveport

Thankfully, the Kohl’s and LSU Health Shreveport CARKEYS program have teamed up to increase awareness about car seat safety and to train Child Passenger Safety Technicians.

"The CPS technicians then educate the community through the CARKEYS free car seat checks and Kohl’s funded fitting stations located throughout Northwest Louisiana," according to the program website. "CPS technicians remove and inspect car seats and then show the family how to properly install the car seat, providing a new one when necessary."

How easy is that? You walk away knowing that you're using the appropriate equipment for your child/grandchild and that it's properly installed, both of which are important for drastically reducing the chances your child/grandchild would die or be seriously injured in a crash.

I am all about safety gear and doing everything possible to save lives. I am urging all moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers to get those car seats checked and make sure they are installed correctly. I don't want to do a story about one of your loved ones.

To learn more about the program, visit this website or call 318-626-2139. Appointments are available from 2-4 p.m. each Thursday.

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