Car safety help for parents

Hanley firefighters are throwing open the station doors to offer families a chance to wise-up on driving safely with children onboard.

A free road safety event is aimed at advising parents and grandparents on the importance of child seats and their proper installation, seat belts, stopping distances, avoiding distractions while driving, and other things to keep the family safe while driving.

Mick Warrilow, Community Safety Officer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "There is conflicting information over what is the best and safest way to transport babies and children in cars – and this confuses many new parents and grandparents.

"The event aims to answer people’s concerns and queries over child seats and the correct way to fit them. For instance, drivers do not always realise some car seats only fit a specific model of car, and that could mean having to buy seats to fit different cars in the family. 

"There are also drivers who fail to appreciate how dangerous it is to drive with children unrestrained in the car – or the terrible consequences of that decision."

During the event – at the community station in Bethesda Street - firefighters will give demonstrations of what happens to passengers in road traffic collisions.

Trading Standards officers will provide expert advice on seat belts and car seats, as well as what to check when buying a secondhand car seat. 

Local police officers will also be on hand to advise on safe parking, the dangers of exceeding speed limits and safe stopping distances. 

The event runs from 10am to 2pm.

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