Leadership Fond du Lac team is aiming to get unsafe Child Passenger Safety (CPS) seats off the roads in our community through their car seat recycle day on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
“It is important to make sure your child is traveling in a safe car seat,” says Sarah Rhone RN, BSN, Safe Kids Fox Valley (SKFV) Coordinator. "If the seat is expired, it is unsafe to use and may not hold up in a crash." Plastic stresses and warps over time, especially with our Wisconsin climate changes. Also, the straps tend to fray or rip, and the important instructional labels fade, get torn off, or even fall off. Rhone states to especially be aware of these worn conditions when using a seat purchased second-hand.
The collection event will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 65 W. Scott Street in Fond du Lac, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Car seats more than six years old, purchased at a garage sale or thrift store, involved in a car accident, or not needed will be taken apart and recycled or properly disposed.
“If a car seat was purchased from a garage sale, thrift store or other source in which the history is unknown, its frame may be compromised and unsafe for your child,” states Rhone. "We still see many seats in our communities that fit the descriptions explained above." SKFV along with community partners work hard to eliminate the use of these seats to keep our kids safe on the road.
This event is a partnership with the Safe Kids statewide initiative and Leadership Fond du Lac team members Troy Riehl, Habitat for Humanity ReStore; Kris Bosio, Mercury Marine; Katie Reinke, Agnesian HealthCare; Angela Boehning, Fox Valley Savings Bank; and Shelby Kapitanski, Fond du Lac County.
Special thank you to sponsors: Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce, Safe Kids Fox Valley, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Waste Management, Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac, Agnesian HealthCare, Mercury Marine, Fox Valley Savings Bank, Festival Foods, Kwik Trip, Hopper’s and Hunter Ann Hilber.
For more information about Safe Kids Fox Valley Coalition, visit: www.safekidswi.org/SafeKidsWisconsin-FoxValley.asp Information on how to get your current car seat installed properly can also be found on the above website.
Leadership Fond du Lac is a division of the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce, that provides information and experience to individuals who are willing to commit to serving their community. Accepted applicants learn about local institutions and issues and put their skills and knowledge to use through the required small-group Community Project. Through the program, individuals develop leadership, interpersonal and communications skills, and develop a strong network throughout the community. For more information, contact the Association of Commerce at (920) 921-9500 or visit www.fdlac.com.