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Colder Weather Car Seat Safety

Waverly-Web-Admin | December 12th, 2017

It is no secret that car seats and seat belts save lives and prevent injury when installed and used the right way. There some vital things to keep in mind when traveling with children in cold weather. Below are some car seat safety tips to keep your children safe and warm this winter:

  • Car seats and bulky winter coats or clothing are not a good match. In a car crash, bulky coats quickly flatten out which leaves extra space between the child and the car seat harness. The child can then easily slip from the harness straps and be thrown from the seat. To keep your children warm, buckle and secure them in their car seat with their normal clothes on and then tuck the coat or a blanket around them on the outside of the harness straps.
  • Make good use of hats, mittens, socks or warm shoes. These things can all help to keep your children warm and will not interfere with how well the car seat can do its job.
  • Before you leave, walk around your car to make sure everything looks in order. Colder weather can change tire pressure and sometimes snow can block your tailpipe which can lead to problems with carbon monoxide while you are driving. Doing this quick walk around may help prevent unnecessary stops on the side of the road.
  • Make sure the straps of the car seat harness are tight. If you can pinch any of the harness material at their shoulders that means the harness is too loose.
  • Packing an emergency kit for your car is also a good plan, especially when the weather is cold. You never know if something may go wrong with your car so you will want to always be prepared. Examples of items to include are water, baby food, formula, diapers, extra blankets and/or clothing and food for you!

Lastly, make sure YOU buckle up! Be a good example for your children and buckle up every time you are in the car. These simple tips can help to make sure your family is safe and warm while traveling this winter.

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics & Safe Kids Worldwide.

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