News from Outagamie County Executive

Dear editor,
My kids are young—ages one and three—and like you, their safety comes first. That includes making sure they’re secure in the right car seat when they travel with me.
I’m sure you feel the same way, so I wanted to share the news that Safe Kids Fox Valley is participating in a statewide initiative to get unsafe child passenger safety seats off the roads in our communities.
The Grand Chute Fire Station, the Village of Fox Crossing Fire Station and Habitat for Humanity in Fond du Lac will be collecting these seats on April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. You can do your part to save the earth, save a child, bring your new or gently used sleep sack to donate at the event. Just remember to remove and dispose of the padding and straps on your car seat prior to bringing the seat to participating locations!
Seats more than six years old, seats involved in a car crash, or purchased at a garage sale or thrift store should be dropped off. Seats will be recycled where possible.
If the seat is expired, it’s likely unsafe to use and may not hold up in a crash. Plastic warps over time; straps fray or rip; and the important instructional labels fade, tear, or fall off. Be aware of these worn conditions when using a hand-me-down seat.
If a car seat was purchased from a garage sale, a thrift store or another source in which the history is unknown, its frame may be compromised and unsafe for your child.
Safe Kids Fox Valley and its community partners work hard to remove these seats from roadways to keep our kids safe. That’s important to all of us, so please take a close look at your gear and make sure it’s in top condition. Safety first!
Tom Nelson,
Outagamie County Executive