Good morning friends! We are now in the dead middle of winter, and this is a great time to talk about traveling with your kids during the cold winter months. We all know that children cannot properly regulate their body temperatures- so we are told to layer them in 1 more layer of clothes than we adults are wearing. This will help keep them warm.
Winter & Car Seat Safety Tips
But often there may be confusion when it comes to traveling with our kids that are in car seats. We know that they need to be in a car seat that nice and tight to keep them safe. We also know that they need to have an extra layer or 2 of winter clothing to keep themselves warm. A problem arises when we put our children in heavy winter jackets and then attempt to secure them in a car seat. Simply, we cannot tighten the harness enough over a winter coat. This unfortunately leaves extra space which may allow your child to be ejected from their seat in the event of a hard stop or an accident.
The proper thing to do to make sure your little is safe is to layer him/her in long sleeved shirts, then buckle and tighten them into their car seat and harness system, and then put their arms through their winter coat as its reversed (so the zipper would go around their back if they were standing). This may look funny, but it will keep your most precious gift more than warm while still giving them the best odds to prevent injury due to an accident. Please refer to and print off the attached picture for a visual.
Be sure to contact Home Hazard Prevention with any of your personal or family safety needs. Remember, a complete safety program does not have to be expensive or time-consuming; and we can help with that. As a group of professional firefighters, there is no one more qualified than us to help keep your family safe! (480) 448-0266