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Wing safety provides car seat training

The 20th Fighter Wing Safety Office conducted car seat inspections at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 24, 2014. Several Team Shaw members had their car seats inspected as well as children evaluated by height and weight. (U.S Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/Released)

The 20th Fighter Wing Safety Office conducted car seat inspections at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 24, 2014. Several Team Shaw members had their car seats inspected as well as children evaluated by height and weight. (U.S Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Terry Hawkins, 20th Fighter Wing NCO in charge of flightline safety, fills out a car seat inspection evaluation for at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 24, 2014.  Throughout the day several car seats were inspected and properly re-installed in cars to ensure childrens safety while riding in a vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Terry Hawkins, 20th Fighter Wing NCO in charge of flightline safety, fills out a car seat inspection evaluation for at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 24, 2014. Throughout the day several car seats were inspected and properly re-installed in cars to ensure childrens safety while riding in a vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/Released)

Melissa Revel, spouse of U.S. Army Maj. Richard Revel, Third Army future operations, holds her daughter Candice during a car seat inspection at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 24, 2014. The 20th Fighter Wing Safety Office provided trained car seat specialist to weigh and measure children before inspecting their car seat to ensure proper vehicle installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/Released)

Melissa Revel, spouse of U.S. Army Maj. Richard Revel, Third Army future operations, holds her daughter Candice during a car seat inspection at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 24, 2014. The 20th Fighter Wing Safety Office provided trained car seat specialist to weigh and measure children before inspecting their car seat to ensure proper vehicle installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/Released)

Alyssa Revel, daughter of U.S. Army Maj. Richard Revel, Third Army future operations, stands on a scale to be weighed during a car seat inspection at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 24, 2014. The 20th Fighter Wing Safety Office inspected several car seats throughout the day to ensure the safety of children while riding in a vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/Released)

Alyssa Revel, daughter of U.S. Army Maj. Richard Revel, Third Army future operations, stands on a scale to be weighed during a car seat inspection at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 24, 2014. The 20th Fighter Wing Safety Office inspected several car seats throughout the day to ensure the safety of children while riding in a vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/Released)

A child sits in a car seat after the seat was properly installed at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 24, 2014.  The 20th Fighter Wing Safety Office inspected car seats to ensure that children were the proper weight and height for the seat they used. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/Released)

A child sits in a car seat after the seat was properly installed at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 24, 2014. The 20th Fighter Wing Safety Office inspected car seats to ensure that children were the proper weight and height for the seat they used. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/Released)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The 20th Fighter Wing Safety Office conducted child car seat inspections here April 24.

Team Shaw members were afforded the opportunity to bring their children and car seats to the event. Experts provided tips and live demonstrations on how to effectively and efficiently use car seats to keep children safe while traveling.

"Wing safety comes out here to quality check the car seats," said Tech. Sgt. Steven Freeman, 20th Fighter Wing Safety NCO in charge of ground safety. "We make sure that the parents are properly trained on how to install the seats. Not all car seats are installed the same way."

Though correct installation of a car seat keeps children safe, it's not the most important part of car seat safety, explained Freeman.

"First off, you have to know how much your child weighs and how tall they are," said Freeman. "Both of those affect which type of car seat the child needs. You shouldn't have a newborn strapped into a seat meant for a toddler."

Throughout the afternoon several Team Shaw members brought their vehicles, car seats and children to be properly trained on each aspect of car seats and how to effectively use them.

"I knew my car seat wasn't as tight as it should be so I decided to come out and see what other things I might learn" said Melissa Revel, spouse of U.S. Army Maj. Richard Revel, U.S. Army Central future of operations. "I drive a lot on the highway and after coming here and learning more about car seats I know my kids are safer now.

For some, car seat safety may seem simple enough, but safe children means happy families.

"If we can facilitate safe, happy families, then we will be more effective as a base," said Freeman.