Anyone who's ever had to install a car seat will tell you that it's enough to fry your nerves. You want to make sure that your little one is safe, but there are so many straps and hooks and connectors and pull thingies. And just when you've installed the seat and think you did it correctly, you start to second guess yourself.

If you've found yourself in this situation or if you had your seat installed by someone else and just want to be on the safe side, but want to make sure that it's safe, the Broome County Health Department is offering a free safety seat check.

Today's safety seat check will be conducted by certified Child Passenger Safety technicians who will look not just at how the seat was installed, but also at the seat itself to make sure it's safe for your precious cargo.

The safety seat inspection will be held at SUNY Broome, FIVE South College Drive, Binghamton today, Thursday, August 9th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

If you’re interested in having your car seat looked at, you should bring your car seat (s), child(ren), and the vehicle the child safety seat will be installed in as well as the car seat manual and vehicle manual.

If you can't make it to the car seat safety check today, you can schedule an appointment at one of these places:

Broome County Sheriff's Office
155 Lt. VanWinkle Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905
Car seat inspections are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Schedule an appointment with Christine Muss by calling 607- 778-2807 or e-mail

Endicott Fire Department
1101 Park Street, Endicott, NY 13760
Car seat inspections are held on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Schedule an appointment by reaching out to Robert Tinklepaugh or Matt Griswold at 607-757-2466 or e-mail or

[via Broome County/Governors Traffic Safety Committee]