When it comes to both children and automobiles, driving home the message of safety is of utmost importance. Supervisor Kate Murray and the Hempstead Town Board are doing just that, announcing the start of the town’s 2014 Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Program, which will be visiting communities across the Town of Hempstead to help residents inspect the installation of their car seats, free of charge.
“With warmer weather on the horizon, parents will be driving their young children to and from many exciting activities,” stated Murray. “Now is the perfect time for Town of Hempstead residents to ensure that their children are properly secured in safety seats, and we are proud to offer the life-saving Child Car Seat Safety Program at no cost.”
This program is led by the town’s certified child passenger safety technicians, who have been trained by Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization that seeks to prevent accidents and injuries to young children. Residents can have their child safety seat inspected and, if necessary, technicians will make adjustments.
The following is a listing of car seat safety inspection dates (all held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) by location. You must make an appointment in advance, and may do so by calling the town Department of Public Safety at (516) 538-1900 ext. 7709.
BALDWIN– July 9 & 10 at Baldwin Park (3232 South Grand Avenue, Baldwin Harbor)
BELLMORE– August 20 & 23 at Newbridge Road Park (2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore)
EAST MEADOW– June 11 & 12 at Speno Park (745 East Meadow Avenue, East Meadow)
ELMONT – June 25 & 26 at Averill Boulevard Park (145 Averill Boulevard, Elmont)
FIVE TOWNS– June 4 & 8 at Rock Hall Museum (199 Broadway, Lawrence)
FREEPORT– June 18 & 20 at the Freeport Recreation Center (130 East Merrick Road, Freeport)
ISLAND PARK– September 3 & 4 at Shell Creek Park (Vanderbilt Avenue and Traymore Boulevard, Barnum Island)
LAKEVIEW– August 6 & 7 at Harold Walker Park (1085 Woodfield Road, Lakeview)
LEVITTOWN– July 16 & 19 at MacLaren Field (240 Loring Road, Levittown)
OCEANSIDE– July 2 & 3 at Oceanside Park (3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside)
ROOSEVELT– July 30 & 31 at Roosevelt Pool (14 Hart Avenue, Roosevelt)
SALISBURY – August 13 & 14 at Salisbury Park Ball Fields (Carman Avenue and Salisbury Park Drive, East Meadow)
UNIONDALE– September 10 & 12 at Uniondale Park (710 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale)
VALLEY STREAM– August 27 & 28 at Hendrickson Park (123 W. Merrick Rd., Valley Stream)
WANTAGH– September 24 & 25 at Forest City Park (3099 Morgan Drive, Wantagh)
WEST HEMPSTEAD– September 17 & 21 at Echo Park (399 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead)
Please note: appointments are limited at each location, and are filled strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We encourage all parents and guardians to have the installation of their child safety seats inspected this summer,” concluded Murray.