Today marks the start of National Car Seat Safety Week. You will find a ton of events all around the Valley this week, be sure to check here or your local newspapers and stations for the altest events and locations. An important responsibility begins with selecting a child car seat and using it properly from the moment you bring baby home to every car ride after that. All 50 states have laws that require the use of a car seat.
Car Seat Safety Week – Sept 23 – 29th 2019
All car seats manufactured today are designed to meet stringent safety standards set by the federal government. While these these laws are very beneficial to have; they should not be considered to be the ultimate authority on car seat safety and requirements for restraining your children. Most laws are written with a minimum set of guidelines to follow, and not the best practice. Best practice, as supported by us, Safe Kids International, the American Academy of Pediatrics and numerous other entities calls for children to stay in their car seats until they reach the upper limits of either their height or weight, as determined by the manufacturer.
Learn helpful tips for proper safe use and installation of a child’s car seat with our informative tips and fliers.
-Start protecting you child after conception by using the Tummy Shield
-Choose the best seat based on your child’s age, weight, and height.
-More expensive does not always equate to a better seat
-The back seat is the safest place for kids under 13
-Go rear facing from birth to 2 years old, or the upper limits are reached
-Go forward facing next, following the manufacturers directions
-Then use a booster seat after the forward facing limits are met
-Always use the top tether when forward facing
-Keep all straps snug and tight
-Limit side-to-side movement to 1″ or less, measured along the belt path
-Never leave children unattended
Safety Nick, as he is affectionately known, is the owner and operator of Home Hazard Prevention, LLC. Nick has been a professional firefighter in the South East Valley since 2005. HHP was launched in the Winter of 2012. With Nick’s extensive background in responding to and preventing emergencies, he decided that it was time to help the citizens of Maricopa and Pinal Counties learn how to be safe in a proactive manner. Nick has a wonderful (and understanding!) wife and the world’s most beautiful baby girl. He works tireless hours not only to help save your families lives, both as a firefighter and as a community safety expert, but also to be able to spend quality time with his family.
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