Missouri’s Booster Seat Law

Missouri’s Booster Seat Law
(RSMo 307.178 & 307.182)

Missouri’s booster seat law, effective August 2006, requires children who have outgrown a child safety seat to be secured in a booster seat while traveling in a motor vehicle. The fine for violating this law is $50.00 plus court costs, which far exceeds the cost of many booster seats. Missouri law now requires:

  • Children less than 4 years old or less than 40 pounds to be in an appropriate child safety seat;
  • Children 4 years and older to be secured in a booster seat until they turn 8 years old, unless they reach 80 pounds or 4’9” tall before that birthday; and
  • Children weighing more than 80 pounds or taller than 4’9” are required to be secured by a vehicle safety belt or booster seat appropriate for that child.
Posted: November 22nd, 2011
Category: Child Car Seats

December Wellness Luncheon Update!

  November 16, 2011


As we look back on our past Warren County Health Matters events, in which we have provided wellness education and awareness to our community, we are encouraged and appreciative for the strong community support we have received.  We want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and say Thank You for being part of our Wellness Community Circle!  As you know, since the inception in 2008, our monthly events have focused on helping participants improve their overall health and well-being.  We strive to offer informative sessions on topics that you are interested in.

If you were not able to join us at our most recent program, Monday, November 14, you missed a wonderful presentation on “Diabetes” by Dr. Grimes.  As always, we were happy to see new faces in attendance.  Our luncheon included an array of foods that motivated us to start thinking about the best way to make dishes with less fat/less salt/ less sugar.  They were all delicious!  Thank you so much to those who brought a dish.

In December our focus is “Stress Less”.  We will have wonderful food along with some fun and games!  We hope you will join us December 12 at noon, at Friedens UCC, 313 E. Main St. in Warrenton. We encourage everyone to bring a new guest – someone who has never been to one of our lunches.  Bring an inexpensive gift for a game (similar to Rob your Neighbor).  We have a few extra prizes in store as well.  It promises to be a great time and will help us all learn how to “stress less” during this busy time of the year.  Please call to make your reservation by December 9. 

It is a pleasure to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and the very best health for 2012 and beyond!  Thank you for your support to Public Health.


 Ruth Walters, Administrator


Posted: November 16th, 2011
Category: Hot Topics

Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Checkpoint

 imageThursday, October 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Warrenton Fire Station #2 – 26625 S. Hwy 47

 Be sure your child is traveling as safely as possible.  Have their safety seat checked.

 Sponsored in part by the Warren County Health Department, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and Safe Kids USA.

In the best interest of your child, yourself, and the technicians, please have your car cleaned out prior to the checkpoint.


This is an inspection checkpoint only.  Car seats will not be given out.

Posted: October 7th, 2011
Category: Child Car Seats Hot Topics

Earthquake Exercise

Go to this link

Posted: September 30th, 2011
Category: Hot Topics

Take Time for Yourself

Warren County Health Matters Luncheon

Topic: Heart Month

Monday February 6, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
At Friedens United Church of Christ
313 E Main, Warrenton

A Healthy Lunch will be served
A $3 Donation is Suggested
RSVP by Thursday February 2, 2012
By Calling 636-456-7474 or
Email pprivett@warrencountymo.org 

Every Tuesday – Blood Pressure Checks

Monday – Friday, 8a.m. – 4 p.m.
Come Weight In
“Keep Your Own Records and Know Your Number”
Warren County Health 104 W. Booneslick, Suite H,
Warrenton, MO. 636-456-1414

Posted: September 8th, 2011
Category: Hot Topics

Flu Shots

ADULT FLU SHOTS are available at the Health Department for $10.

Call 636-456-7474 for appointment times.

CHILDREN’S FLU SHOTS are available by appointment only.

We can bill some insurance companies. Call for more information 636-456-7474

Posted: September 7th, 2011
Category: Hot Topics

A Safer Warren County, It’s No Accident

Special Concerns in Rural Areas.

The environment in many rural areas allows a child to be exposed to an array of hazards. Each year in the United States, about 70 children 14 years of age and younger die from injuries occurring on a farm. Children between 6 and 12 years of age are more likely to sustain injuries from farm equipment due to attempting farm tasks that are not ageappropriate while tractors, large animals, and falls are the primary cause for injuries on the farm for children 6 years of age and younger. SafeKids recommends that children under 16 years of age never drive or ride any type of all-terrain vehicle, snowmobile or tractor. Mowers, tractors and minibikes that are built to only hold one person should never carry additional passengers of any age. Watch out for water!! No matter how shallow, children should also be supervised near irrigation ditches, ponds and other bodies of water, according to Safe Kids. A small child can drown in just a few inches of water. In reality, drowning doesn’t happen like it does in the movies. A drowning child usually cannot cry or call for help — it happens quickly and silently.

Rural Roads Present Additional Dangers!

Motor vehicle traffic incidents are the number one cause of injury fatality for children between 1 and 14 years of age. Almost half of all fatal crashes occur in rural areas, per SafeKids. Never, ever let a child ride in the bed of a pickup truck. In a crash, the child would almost certainly be ejected and killed or suffer a permanent, lifechanging injury.


General Safety Tips for Everyone 

1. Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees F. At higher temperatures, it only takes three seconds to burn a child’s skin severely enough to require surgery. ·

2. Memorize this phone number: 800-222-1222. From anywhere in the United States, this toll-free number will connect you to the local Poison Control Center. ·

3. Test your smoke alarms every month and install carbon monoxide detectors in every sleeping area and near fuel-burning appliances. This invisible, odorless gas can be fatal. ·

4. Keep firearms unloaded and locked out of reach. And lock up ammunition in a separate place. ·

5. Keep emergency numbers by every phone. 

6. Check your first aid kit to make sure it is fully stocked.


Posted: September 7th, 2011
Category: Hot Topics

Injury Prevention Program Summary Report

Injury Prevention Feedback Summary Report

Summer 2011

 Injury Prevention programs provided by the Warren County Health Department (WCHD) have been well received with positive feedback and requests for continuation of present offerings as well as suggestions for additional services.  Daycares in our area with summer programs (many which include bike days as a weekly activity for the kids) participated in bicycle helmet fitting events.  The directors and staff were engaged in feedback sessions to determine relevance and satisfaction with current program and presentation format.  The following are some highlights.

  • Appreciative of the free helmets and the instruction to the staff on how to fit.  Helps ensure that children will wear helmets correctly while at school and allows staff the ability to teach parents when they have questions.  It also allows the staff to be able to adjust as needed.
  • The program has led to policies within the centers to require helmet use while riding wheeled toys at all times (bicycles, tricycles, scooters, etc.)
  • The incorporation of booster seat education and information about when it is safe to ride in the front seat was well received.  Started conversations between parents and kids (the older ones especially) about what is safe and what is not. 
  • Joining forces with fire, police and ambulance services enhanced the education/message for the kids when included in “Safety Day” events at the schools. 
  • Centers would like the helmet provision and fittings/trainings to occur on a yearly basis and have committed to enforcing the no helmet/no ride policies. 

Numerous community events conducted with our partners in the fire and ambulance districts and our school partners (private and public) have been considered successful by our partners and increased our outreach to the community.  Discussions following our community cooperative events reinforce that these should be sustained if at all possible.  Thoughts shared included the importance of residents seeing a united effort of service agencies and organizations to address the needs of the community.  In addition we want to viewed as a resource, not just someone who is there in a time of crisis or need.  It has strengthened our outreach and as other community partners have expressed, it allows us as professionals to interact with each other in non-crisis mode.  The interaction with the school districts has enhanced our ability to partner for other meaningful endeavors such as school based flu clinics and back to school immunization events.

Overall consensus from our feedback sessions is that existing injury prevention programing should continue, is valuable to our partners and our community and makes a positive impact.  The provision of actual product (helmets, car seats and booster seats) is needed and desired, however the value of education and train the trainer sessions should be a focus as well.  All agreed it enhances sustainability, “compliance” and consistency with appropriate use.  It widens the audience impacted when external staff can educate parents in real time when the opportunity presents itself.  Areas where more education is desired included rural safety topics (see Rural Health newsletter).  We look forward to continuing our community-wide efforts on injury prevention in Warren County. This is a priority area for our agency and our community partners, regardless of funding shifts that may occur we will continue to collaborate to provide injury prevention education and services to our residents.

Posted: September 2nd, 2011
Category: Hot Topics

Warren County Community Health Assessment

2009 WCHD Assessment

2005 Assessment Inventory Tool


Posted: September 2nd, 2011
Category: Hot Topics

County Health Matters

The Health Department writes articles on various health and safety topics for our local newspapers. We would like to share our articles with our web surfers. We hope you enjoy them and find them useful.

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Mumps In The Midwest (04/19/06)


Are your children protected? 01/14/04

Know the facts about Tuberculosis. 01/29/04

Don’t Be Blown Away 03/11/04

What is Public Health? 04/05/04

Vaccination, an Act of Love 04/16/04

Springtime: A Good Time to Fight West Nile Virus 05/03/04 (From DHSS)

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is Still A Threat 05/03/04

Time for a Tetanus Booster? 05/11/04

When is it Too Hot? 08/26/04

Is Your Family Prepared for Winter? (01/07/05)

Love Them, Protect Them, Immunize Them (04/25/05)


Posted: September 2nd, 2011
Category: Hot Topics