The Yreka office of the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a child safety seat check-up event at the Healthy Kids Day scheduled for this Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Siskiyou Family YMCA in Yreka.

The check-up event is designed to be educational and an opportunity for the public, specifically parents of young children and expecting parents, to obtain information and training to enable the best use of child safety seats.

While recent studies show that over 95 percent of Californians use child safety seats when required by law, rates of misuse are nearly 91 percent, according to a Highway Patrol press release. Such misuse is most frequently unintentional and could be very simple to correct, the CHP says.

Both the laws in California and the recommendations for best practices have recently changed.

Four certified technicians will perform check-ups and installations during the event. They will ensure that seats in use are suitable for the child using them, properly installed and not recalled, damaged or expired.

The local office of the CHP will continue to be a resource for parents and care-givers of children who use child safety seats.

Appointments to have a check-up conducted during business hours can be made by calling the Yreka CHP office at (530) 841-6006.

If parents are unable to have their installation checked the CHP recommends that they familiarize themselves with the owner’s manuals for both their vehicle and child safety seat.

“We are privileged to be able to partner with our local YMCA to help keep our next generation healthy and safe,” said Yreka Area Commander Captain George Peck.