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safety:

tips for keeping your kids safe!

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ith the winter season in full swing, the MOM Squad reached out to a few of our car seat safety experts for advice on how to keep your kids safe in the car when it’s cold out. From Kids in Danger Program Director, Laura Nikolovska With the extra cold weather many parts of the country are experiencing, parents and caregivers are asking how to buckle up their bundled up children safely. Simply put, there is no safe way to have a child in any type of car seat with a coat on. There is just no way a child can be restrained properly with the extra bulk on their body. Don’t believe us? Have your child wear a heavy coat and try and get them into the car seat as tight as possible. Then take the coat off and see how much slack is in the harness. The best practice to follow for kids of all ages is to come out to warm up the car first, then bring kids out with their coats on. Once they are in the warm car, take their coats off and buckle 60

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them in. If kids want to keep their coats on while in the car, follow these guidelines for wearing coats safely in the car: Infants: Can have a blanket tucked around their torso and under their arms to prevent them from pulling it up onto their faces (which could pose a suffocation hazard) Older kids: Can put their coats back on backwards once they are buckled. Remember that children often learn safety habits from their parents, so it’s best to model the behavior you want to see from your children. The extra step to be safe might be a life saver. Even with these precautions, a recalled or expired car seat won’t protect your child. Check for recalls at recalls.gov and check the expiration date of the seat. For children’s products outside the car such as strollers, high chairs or cribs, check at CPSC. gov for recalls. You can also sign up for KID’s monthly email alert, which will include all recalls from

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the previous month. Visit the Kids In Danger website for more information. From The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Parents are encouraged to place the child in the restraint first, align the harness straps securely, and then to cover the child with the blanket or coat afterwards. Nothing should go behind the child, nor between him/her and the straps of the restraint device. Bulky clothing can interfere with proper harness fit. Avoid bulky clothing or padding behind child’s head or back or under buttocks. Bulky jackets can be put on backwards (over child’s arms and torso) after harness is secured. Place blankets over and around child after harness is snug. Place blankets around baby after harness is snug and secure. If the car seat manufacturer provides padding for use with their own product, please follow the instructions carefully. Thick padding placed

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Multiplicity Winter 2014  

Multiplicity's Winter issue complete with features including seasonal affective disorder, parenting resolutions, cutting the budget, getting...

Multiplicity Winter 2014  

Multiplicity's Winter issue complete with features including seasonal affective disorder, parenting resolutions, cutting the budget, getting...

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