Safety Day is Saturday and the Burlington County Sheriff's Department will host a variety of events aimed at keeping residents in the know.
This free event, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include child safety seat checks by certified child safety seat technicians, free child fingerprinting, free document shredding and the senior citizens program, CarFit.
The event will be held in the parking lot of the mall in front of the former Macy’s store.
“All parents of young children should take advantage of our child safety seat checks,” said Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield in a recent release. “It only takes a few moments to make sure that your child’s car seat is safe and secure.”
The sheriff added that a child whose seat had been checked and installed by the team was involved in a motor vehicle crash, but made it through unharmed.
“The child slept during the incident and his seat remained secure throughout the ordeal,” said Stanfield.
Senior citizens can benefit from CarFit, an educational program that checks how well their personal vehicles "fit." A proper fit in one's car can greatly increase not only the driver's safety but also the safety of others. Officers will assure that the mirrors and seats are adjusted properly for maximum safety while driving. They will also go over a 12-point safety checklist with the senior citizens.
Information will also be available on free senior citizen programs, defensive driving classes, and the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). CERT is the County’s citizen volunteer corps which is trained to assist first responders in times of emergency.
The Sheriff’s Department is offering document shredding as a safeguard against identity theft. Ten million people fall victim of identity theft each year and it can take up to two years before the victim even discovers the theft. Families and individuals can bring boxes of documents that will be shredded on site to help prevent personal identifiers from falling into the wrong hands.
For more information, call the Sheriff’s Department Community Services Unit at 609-265-3788.