Palm Coast - Road injuries are the leading cause of accidental deaths to children in the United States. Correctly used, child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Palm Coast Fire Department will be offering a free Car Seat Safety Check event at Palm Coast Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy. No appointment is necessary.

Firefighters who are trained as car seat technicians will check to make sure car seats are installed properly and to the manufacturer and vehicle specifications. Bring the car seat manual and vehicle owner's manual, if available.

For those who are unable to attend the event, but would like to arrange a free Car Seat Safety Check on a different date, please call the Fire Department at 386-986-2300 to schedule an appointment. These checks can be done at any of the City's five fire stations.

The Palm Coast Fire Department offers the Car Seat Safety Check program in partnership with Safe Kids of Volusia/Flagler Counties. Palm Coast Fire has offered this valuable community service for the past 10 years; it is the only such program in Flagler County.

"There's so much to learn when you're a new parent. Keeping your child safe is the top priority, and the Palm Coast Fire Department would be pleased to help you make sure your baby's car seat is installed correctly," said Palm Coast Fire Capt. Kyle Berryhill. "It could make all the difference in preventing an injury or death in an accident."

For more information, contact the Palm Coast Fire Department at 386-986-2300.