AUBURN – Tim and Julie Porter of Lisbon visited the Androscoggin County Child Passenger Fitting Station to ensure that their five children were being safely transported.

Each seat was inspected for proper use and installation by a certified child safety technician who also inspected the way each child was restrained. Inspecting seat installation and child restraint systems for proper use helps ensure that children are being transported as safely as possible.

The fitting event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 10, at the Auburn Police Department. The fitting station is free and is available the second Monday of every month. As the summer nears and travel increases, the Child Health Center, the United Way of Androscoggin County and Maine Coalition for SAFE KIDS invites families, including grandparents who regularly transport children, to visit a fitting station.

When correctly installed and fitted, a child safety seat reduces the need for hospitalization in children ages birth to 4 years by 69 percent and it decreases the risk of death by 71 percent in infants and 54 percent in ages 1 to 4.

The Child Health Center is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help improve the health and well being of children and their families in western and central Maine. The center has offices in Norway, Auburn and Rumford. For more information call 743-7035 in Norway or 782-5437 in Auburn.

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