In an effort to prevent a tragic mishap from occurring, the
Charlton Police Department is participating in Project ChildSafe to promote
the safe storage of firearms by all owners. As of this date, the Charlton
Police Department has received a shipment of 1,000 gun locks, which will
distributed to the public free of charge. Anyone who is in need of a gun
lock to secure their firearm can come to the Charlton Police Department
at any time and can acquire up to three free gun locks per person. For
more information on Project ChildSafe, visit www.projectchildsafe.org
Car Seats - Five Guidelines
The Charlton Police Department and the Executive
Office of Public Safety (EOPS) urge parents and other caregivers to
follow these five guidelines to keep children safer:
1. Select the correct child passenger restraint and make certain
it's properly installed. Child safety seats that are properly installed
can reduce the risk of death in a motor vehicle crash by 71 percent for
infants and 54 percent for toddlers. For maximum protection, children
12 and under should always ride properly restrained in the back seat away
from air bags.
2. Use rear-facing child safety seats for children from birth
to 20-22 pounds and one year od age. There are "big baby" rear-facing
seats for children up to 35 pounds.
3. Use forward-facing child safety seats for children who
weigh 20 to 40 pounds and are from one to five years of age. The Massachusetts
Child Passenger Safety Law requires children to ride properly secured
in child safety seats until they are both 5 years old and weigh over 40
pounds. Children who weigh over 40 pounds, but are under 5, must ride
in booster seats.
4. Use a booster seat for children who weigh 40 to 80 pounds
until they are at least eight years old or over four feet nine inches
5. When your child is ready for just a safety belt, make sure
he or she wears it every time. The Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety
Law requires children 12 and under to be properly restrained. Adults need
to set a good example and obey the Massachusetts Safety Belt law, by buckling
up yourself, before you start the engine, every time you get into a car.
The Charlton Police Department offers child safety seat inspection
and installation by appointment. To set up an appointment, please contact
Lieutenant Lewandowski, or Officer White at 508-248-2250.