Fire department, BMH team up to install car seats

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The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department and Beaufort Memorial Hospital have teamed up together to make sure that every newborn rides home safely in a car seat.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3, the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department will be going to Beaufort Memorial Hospital on the first Thursday of every month and teaming up with BMH hospital staff to install car seats.

“We have at least two certified car seat technicians on every shift and we want to make sure that every child’s car seat is installed correctly because on average, 46 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly or misused,” Fire Chief Reece Bertholf said.

This program will coincide with BMH’s “Baby University,” when expecting moms and dads can come and get a tour of the birthing suites and get their car seat installed.

“We are very excited about this partnership with BMH. It will be very convenient for expecting moms and dads during this exciting time. We also have brand new car seats available for those who do not have one or cannot afford one,” Battalion Chief and car seat technician Peter Dontje said.

If you are not planning to attend Baby University, you can get your car seat installed or checked at any City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department fire station. Car seats are available if needed. Call 843-525-7055 to set up an appointment.

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