When the temperature drops, we winterize our cars. We check the oil, check the fluids and make sure our ice scraper is sharp. If children are riding in your car this winter, you also need to check the car seat. Bulky coats and sweaters can greatly affect the way the seat is designed to work.
The leading cause of death among children is traffic accident. In 2002, more than 1,500 children were killed in car accidents. That's an average of four per day. Half of those children were not properly restrained in a seat belt or safety seat.
Karen Slay with the Injury Prevention Coalition explains, "This child has only a scarf around his neck with the jacket which is not that heavy within itself but together they form just enough thickness that we have to loosen the harness straps.What will happen in a crash is this thick padding will compress and these harness straps are too loose and the child can actually come out of the seat. So what we recommend is to put them in their car seats in their normal clothing, tighten the harness straps, so they're good and tight and you can't pinch any excess at the collarbone, pull this up to armpit level and one thing the parents can do is cover the child with a blanket or they can put the jacket on backwards and just lay the arms through."
This will ensure your kids are kept snug in their seat and the harness system is able to do its job in a crash. For more information, ( click here ).
In honor of National Child Passenger Safety week, you and your children can practice their safety skills at Safety City. Tuesday, the miniature city will be open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. so children can practice pedestrian safety skills.
The free event teaches children rules for safe walking on busy streets. On Friday, it's bicycle safety day. Parents are encouraged to bring their children and bikes to learn the rules of safe bike riding. That's from 3-6 p.m. on Friday afternoon, February 13th.
Safety City is inside Clapp Park at 42nd and Avenue U.