Child Passenger Safety Week

The third week in September is Child Passenger Safety Week. The week focuses on the proper use of car seats for children. The national campaign urges parents and caregivers to protect their children by ensuring they secure them in the correct car seat for their age, height, and weight. You can download and schedule these posts to be posted all week long on Neighbors.

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Car Seat Safety Tips

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Child Passenger Safety week is this week! Be sure to follow the tips we will be sending out to keep your little ones safe and secure.

Here are four tips around child car seat safety.
-Find the right seat - When buying a car seat, a child’s age, weight, and height should all be taken into account to ensure the safety harness fits properly.

-Install the car seat properly - Installing a car seat should be done correctly for it to be effective.

-Beware of car seat hazards - Many toddlers resist the car seat. They’ll try to wiggle or slide out of their seat or push the seat belt over their head. This distracts you as the driver and places your child in danger. A distracted driver is more likely to cause a crash and a child that isn’t secure in their car seat can be seriously injured or killed.

-Set the right example by buckling up yourself - Children like to copy their parents’ behavior. If you have a child that objects to being strapped in, showing them that mommy and daddy also buckle up can help persuade them.
Source: NHTSA


Child Passenger Safety

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When it comes to child safety, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week highlights the importance of ensuring that all children are properly secured in an appropriate car seat or seatbelt. A child’s age, weight, and height can all play a factor when determining proper safety harnesses, so it’s important to keep up-to-date with all current regulations and suggestions.

Source: NHTSA


Rear-facing Car Seat Tips

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Make sure children are properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt—whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight.

Use a rear-facing car seat from birth until age 2-4.
- Infants and toddlers should be buckled in a rear-facing car seat with a harness, in the back seat, until they reach the maximum weight or height limit of their car seat. This offers the best possible protection.
- Check the car seat manual and labels on the car seat for weight and height limits.
- Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat. Front passenger air bags can injure or kill young children in a crash.

Source: CDC


Booster Seat Safety

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Make sure children are properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt—whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight.

Booster seats are an important stage of child passenger safety. They elevate and position a child so that the seat belt’s lap and shoulder belts fit properly. Proper seat belt fit occurs when the lap belt is across the upper thighs, not the stomach, and when the shoulder belt is across the center of the shoulder and chest, not on the neck/face or off the shoulder.

Source: CDC


Choose the right seat

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Your baby is going places. Here are tips on how to get there safely in the right car seat. The most important tip: Keep your child rear facing for as long as possible. Stay rear facing until your child has outgrown the car seat by weight or height. Many children will be able to take advantage of this safer ride beyond age 2 or even 3.

Source: NHTSA


Elige la Silla de Carro Adecuada

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Sus hijos van a lugares con usted en el carro. Estos son algunos consejos sobre cómo llegar seguros usando el asiento de seguridad adecuado para el carro. El consejo más importante es: Mantenga a su hijo o hija mirando hacia atrás durante el mayor tiempo posible. Manténgalo mirando hacia atrás hasta que su hija o hijo haya superado el asiento de seguridad de acuerdo as su peso y altura. Muchos niños podrán viajar más seguros después de cumplir 2 o incluso 3 años.

Source: NHTSA


 

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