Sunday, September 19, 2010

Child Passenger Safety Week

From Sarah C.:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "3 out of 4 parents do not properly use child restraints."  As a parent, that is a scary statistic, but one that we have the power to easily change.  September 19th - 25th is Child Passenger Safety Week.  Here at Mom in Chapel Hill, we wanted to make sure you are armed with the information to help make that change and keep your child safe through all 4 stages of car seat safety.

Did you know that you can get your child's seat (infant, car and booster) properly installed for free?  It's as simple as visiting your local fire department or inspection station.  You can do a quick search online at http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm.  I've visited our fire department twice myself - once for D's infant seat and, once that was outgrown, for his car seat.  The first visit, I confess, was partly due to that new parent syndrome of "everything needs to be perfect."  But really, if there is one thing to obsess over, I think car safety is a good one.  I was impressed with the politeness of the fireman who assisted me and how he explained the process which left me feeling very capable when my husband and I installed the second base into his car.  The car seats in our cars don't budge which is a good sign - they shouldn't move more than an inch otherwise they are too loose.

The second important step is being certain your child is properly restrained in their car seat.  For rear-facing, the straps should be placed at or below the child's shoulders.  For forward-facing, the straps should be placed at or above the child's shoulders.  Make sure the belt is buckled and the clip is secured and located at chest/armpit level.  You should not be able to pinch the straps.  If you can, they are too loose and need to be tightened.

For additional information, check out the NHTSA's website (listed below) or join in on our local Child Passenger Safety Week Event on Saturday, September 25th.  Even if you child's seat is installed, you can have it checked for free by a certified child passenger safety technician to be certain it is installed correctly and have a little peace of mind knowing your child is safe. 

Child Passenger Safety Week Event
Buckle Up NC
Khols
1301 Beaver Creek Commons Dr.
Apex, NC 27502

Counties Served: Wake
From 09/25/2010
Until 09/25/2010
Hours: 10am- 2pm

Phone: 919-362-4001  
Contact: Jason Nesbit
Event information from http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/FindFitting.cfm

The NC Museum of Life + Science in conjunction with Safe Kids NC and The Governors Highway Safety are also hosting a Child Passenger Safety event at the Museum on Wednesday, September 22nd from 1-4pm.  See the Museum Events Calendar for more details: http://www.ncmls.org/visit/events

For additional details on child passenger safety:
NHTSA Child Safety - http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS
Ad Council: Child Passenger Safety - http://childcarsafety.adcouncil.org/

To find a certified child safety seat inspector anytime, visit one of these websites:
NHTSA Child Safety Seat Inspection Locator - http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm
SeatCheck - http://www.seatcheck.org/

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