Keeping Your Child Safe in the Car

Keeping Your Child Safe in The Car

Did you know that 61% of crashes involving children occur less than 10 minutes from home*? That is an alarming fact and something that as a mom, I do not like to think about. Car seat safety is a top priority for our family, as it is for most families with young children. September 18-24 is National Child Passenger Safety Week, a week that was created to raise awareness when it comes to child safety in vehicles. While we may always strive to be safe with our children in the vehicle, not all other drivers on the road will do the same. It is our job as parents to keep our children as safe as possible in the car. Continual awareness will help keep your child safe.

Keeping Your Child Safe in The Car

What can you to do ensure that your child is safe in the car?

Make sure your child is in the proper seat. Children grow quickly. Be constantly aware of your child’s car seat’s specifications and begin shopping for a new car seat before your child outgrows their current one.

Rear Facing or Forward Facing? Standards say that your child needs to be rear facing until they are at least 2 years old. (Source: Courtney Barry of Chicco*)

Is the seat properly secured? Not only should you follow the instruction manual for the car seat, you should also read your vehicle’s owner’s manual regarding car seat installation. It is also a good idea to take your vehicle and car seat to a local police station or fire station for a car seat installation check.

Do the straps fit your child properly? Are they tight enough? Do the straps need to be moved up or down? Also, check to ensure the straps are properly secured in the car seat after adjusting them.

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Each ride counts*. Keep your child safe in the car. 

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*Source: Chicco




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  • Cascia Talbert , September 18, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this, Allison. Some parents don’t know how to properly install carseats or what type of car seat their child should be in.

  • Erika at Bambringo , September 29, 2016

    How about adding, do you have a system in place to prevent vehicular heatstroke? Here are our four tips to make sure your child is never in danger:

  • Cascia Talbert , September 30, 2016

    That is a great idea. So many parents leave kids in their car in the summer. Thank goodness the weather here in Chicago is starting to cool off now. Thanks for stopping by, Erika. Have a fantastic weekend!

  • Erika @ Bambringo , September 30, 2016

    You are welcome! We all have to work together to keep our precious cargo safe! Remember though outside temps only have to be in the 50s to cause vehicular heatstroke. It can also get cold in Chicago – here too in NH – so we want to remember the littles then (& always) too!

  • Kim , October 1, 2016

    One of the most important things we have to do as parents is to learn the different types of child restraints in cars and other vehicles as well as how to correctly position them.

  • Cascia Talbert , October 3, 2016

    That’s true. Thanks for stopping by, Kim. Have a great day.

  • Kate Evans , October 5, 2016

    Hello Allison, this article is useful for all parents. Care of children in the car is also important. Parents should pay attention to this. Thanks for sharing this essential information.

  • Cascia Talbert , October 6, 2016

    Thanks for stopping by, Kate. Have a great day!

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