Firefighters and extension service personal gathered at the Jim Wells County Fairgrounds Tuesday to participate in the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training.

“They have taken days out of their schedule so they can learn skills to teach parents how to correctly select a car seat and how to install the car seat correctly,” said Bev Kellner, Program Mgr. Passenger Safety with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension in College Station.

Firefighters from San Diego Volunteer Fire Department and Alice Fire Department along with County Extension offices from Jim Wells, Webb and Maverick Counties among others took part in learning the correct way to install car seats.

“We are learning the safe way and the right way to install car seats,” said San Diego Asst. Fire Chief Juan Soliz. “The most important thing is training the public.”

The law states all children under eight years old, unless taller than 4'9”, need to be in a child safety seat system.

“We want to teach the best practice for their child,” Kellner said. “The reason we do this is because there is so much misuse of car seats.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping children rear-facing until age two or to limit of their car seat. Most rear-facing convertible seats go to at least 35 pounds rear-facing. Many go to 40 pounds rear-facing. It is okay for the child's legs to rest against the back of the vehicle seat.

“When a child stays rear-facing, they are the safest person in the car,” Kellner said. “Since 1999 we have seen over 24,000 inspection and 99 percent of car seats are incorrect.”

On Thursday, March 26 parents will have to opportunity to make sure their child is properly seated in their vehicle. The event is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 26 at the old HEB parking lot, located on the corner of 1st Street and Almond Street.

The event is open to the public and will provide parents with information regarding their child's safety when riding in vehicles.

To get help call a certified child safety seat technician for a free child safety seat inspection. To locate a Certified Child Safety Seat Technician visit http://buckleup.tamu.edu.

If you are unable to afford a car seat contact Safe Riders at 800-252-8255.