Families are invited to attend FREE child safety car seat checks across the county.
Teams from Norfolk County Council Road Safety and Norfolk Fire and Rescue will be kicking off their child safety seat roadshow on Monday July 30 in Norwich and invite parents, grandparents and carers to come along for advice and fitting guidance. The team will be running 19 events in total across Norfolk.
Every year the team carries out safety checks on around 1600 child seats in Norfolk.
Last year it was revealed that 40pc of these are incorrectly fitted, either in the way they were fitted to the vehicle or adjusted to the child using them. Fortunately, the team were able to fix virtually all of them on the spot.
The team will also be promoting the benefits of keeping children rear facing for longer, a practice which is common in Scandinavian countries. This alone will keep a child five times safer than the forward facing equivalent
In addition if you have any questions about driving and using car seats abroad the team will be on hand offering useful holiday information and advice.
Child car seats are a legal requirement in the UK and make children far less likely to be seriously hurt in a collision. But they must be correctly fitted and adjusted to offer maximum protection, and it is easy to get it wrong.
Child safety seat tour dates – 10am-2pm
Monday July 30 – Norwich, Sprowston Tesco,
Tuesday July 31 – Sheringham, Tesco
Wednesday August 1 – Cromer, Morrisons
Thursday August 2 – Stalham, Tesco
Friday August 3 – North Walsham, Sainsburys
Monday August 6 – Dereham, Tesco
Tuesday August 7 – Swaffham, Tesco
Wednesday August 8 – Downham Market, Tesco, (note change of time 2pm-6pm)
Thursday August 9 – Kings Lynn, Sainsburys
Friday August 10 – Hunstanton, Tesco
Monday August 13 – Thetford, Tesco
Tuesday August 14 – Harleston, Co-op
Wednesday August 15 – Wymondham, Waitrose
Thursday August 16 – Great Yarmouth, Asda
Friday August 17 – Diss, Morrisons,
Monday August 20 – Norwich Harford Bridge, Tesco,
Tuesday August 21 – Holt, Budgens
Wednesday August 22 – Norwich Longwater, Sainsburys
Thursday August 23 – Aylsham, Tesco