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April 23, 1999

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(281/483-5111)

Release: J99-13

JSC & NHTSA Team Up for Safety

Johnson Space Center will host a personal safety fair on May 21 to enhance the welfare of its employees both at the workplace, at home, and on the road. The Safety Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the historic Mission Control Center and its adjacent parking lot.

A major highlight for the day will be free safety checks of children's car seats for JSC employees and contractors. The checks will be conducted by certified inspectors from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Texas Department of Health/Safe Riders, the Greater Houston Area National Safe Kids Coalition sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital, and Houston Community College.

"Four out of every five child car seats pose a real safety hazard, either because the children aren't placed in the seats properly, or the seats themselves are not correctly installed in the car," said Harry Crum, NHTSA Law Enforcement Liaison. "These inspections are potential life savers."

Employees are invited to drive their cars to the Mission Control parking lot for the free inspection service. The inspections are extremely thorough and ensure that the child is securely belted in place and the car seat is properly anchored. In addition, inspectors check for any possible recall notices on car seat and demonstrate proper installation techniques.

In addition to the car seat safety checks, the NHTSA will host an information booth in recognition of "National Buckle Up Week," encouraging drivers and passengers to belt themselves in place every time they take a car on the road.

The Safety Fair, which also features presentations and information on personal watercraft safety, tips for avoiding car theft, home fire protection, and hurricane safety, is part of the Johnson Space Center’s "Voluntary Protection Program" safety campaign to ensure a safe workplace.

 

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