By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- To help curb injury to children improperly secured in their car seats, the Palm Bay Police Department is offering a presentation on child safety seats.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., an injury prevention program, which includes the presentation, will be held at the department headquarters.
The free presentation will offer practical exercises to help participants understand how to best install a child safety-seat in the vehicle.
"The information about car seat safety and proper instillation can sometimes be confusing," said Sgt. Tina Hensel, who will be leading the presentation for the Palm Bay Police Department. "Those who are able to attend a class are able to get information and ask questions before they install their cars seats under the guidance of a certified technician. All of my attendees have said they learned something new and were thankful that there was a resource, such as the class, in their community."
The two-hour presentation will provide information about child safety in the vehicle, child safety seats, proper installation instructions, injury prevention and more, as well as the opportunity to have questions answered by specially trained law enforcement officers.
"The most important thing about this class is the practical exercise," Sgt. Hensel said. "It is critical that the car seats are installed correctly in the event there is a crash."
Sgt. Hensel said that the class will also discuss the law, critical information about car seats, criteria for choosing the right car seat for their child and step-by-step instructions to help properly install a car seat.
In the future, Sgt. Hensel said she hopes the department can offer a class every month.
The Palm Bay Police Department is located at 130 S.E. Malabar Road.
For more information, contact Sgt. Hensel at (321) 508-2019. The class is free and open to the public.