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Published May 03, 2014, 06:04 PM

One item not to pick up during Spring Clean Up Week in Grand Forks next week

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - Next week is the start of Spring Clean Up Week in greater Grand Forks. And while it's a great time to get rid of unused items by placing them on the curb for the city or other citizens to pick up; there are some items that health and safety officials urge you not to place on the curb.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - Next week is the start of Spring Clean Up Week in greater Grand Forks.

And while it's a great time to get rid of unused items by placing them on the curb for the city or other citizens to pick up; there are some items that health and safety officials urge you not to place on the curb.

One such item, used car seats.

The piles are starting to form as people prepare for spring cleanup week.

But it's not just residents that are getting ready; Safe Kids in Grand Forks is also gearing up for the week ahead.

Carma Hanson/Coordinator of Safe Kids Grand Forks: “In preparation for city clean up week. We are doing a car seat recycling event here at our office. We collect car seats at our safe kids office here in an effort to try and keep dangerous seats off the streets.”

Recycling the seats they've collected throughout the last year; seats that have been dropped off or picked up off of sidewalks.

A place they say is no spot to get rid of your car seat.

Hanson: “We don't want people putting them out in their garbage or dumpsters where other people may see the seat and feel like they're a good seat and could use them. Cause they could be potentially very dangerous to use.”

At first glance, car seats found on the curb may appear fine. But there are often damages that are not obvious to the eye.

Hanson: “You cannot always look at a car seat and determine if it has been in a crash. It may have very fine fractures to the plastic that you cannot see with the naked eye and yet in a subsequent crash that plastic may not hold up and protect the child.”

Additionally you may not know whether the car seat is expired, has been recalled or is missing a part; plenty of unknowns regarding the safety of the car seat.

Hanson: “I know it's tempting during city clean up week. You can go to the berms and take what people have put out there. You find a picnic table you want. Go ahead and get that picnic table. Just don't take off of there because they're very dangerous to use.”

If you do have a car seat you'd like to get rid of, you can drop it off at the Safe Kids Office in Grand Forks.

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