The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is inviting families to a free Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event sponsored by the Illinois Tollway System, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is located at 5100 Museum Drive.
Safety seat inspections will take place on the ground floor of the indoor parking garage nearby and kids’ ID card processing will take place inside the museum.
At Operation Kid 2019 K.I.S.S. events, certified child passenger safety technicians inspect child safety seats and help parents and caregivers with proper installation. Also, specially trained professionals take photographs and fingerprints of children 3 and older and gather vital information to include on an ID card that parents and caregivers can reference in an emergency.
Additional activities at the August 10 event include:
•One free child museum admission for families receiving safety seat inspections or kids IDs.
•Touch-a-truck display featuring hands-on exploration of a Tollway H.E.L.P. truck and snowplow.
Properly installed child safety seats significantly reduce the risk of injury or greater tragedy for children in the event of a crash. And, yet, Illinois State Police have found that approximately 90 percent of child safety seats they inspect are improperly installed.
Nationally, research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants younger than 1 year old and by 54 percent for toddlers 1 to 4 years old in passenger cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Deaths of children younger than 13 in motor vehicle crashes have declined since 1975, but crashes still cause 1 of every 4 unintentional injury deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Most crash deaths occur among children traveling as passenger vehicle occupants, and proper restraint use can reduce these fatalities.