Keeping Kids Car Safe

By on Aug 4, 2011

My daughter Kelly works at the Duke University Medical Center emergency department in Durham, North Carolina, as a trauma nurse with a specialty in pediatrics. She loves kids! And she likes to make sure they’re safe.

She has completed a five-day course to become certified as a National Child Passenger Safety Technician (see SafeKids.org for more information). I was amazed that it would take that long to learn how to safely use a child’s car seat.

There are a couple of government websites that also provide information about child passenger safety. These include:

Here are some basic recommendations for all ages:

    • Select a car seat based on your child’s age, height, and weight.
    • Keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as your child fits the seat’s height and weight requirements.
    • All children under 13 should ride in the back seat.

It is important to follow your car seat manufacturer’s instructions and your vehicle owner’s manual on how to properly install the car seat. According to Kelly, a high percentage of car seats are not installed properly, and thus will not provide the maximum protection for children in an accident.

Certified technicians are available around the country to check your car seat installation for free. Go to SafeKids.org to look up the information in your state.

September 24, 2011, is National Seat Check Saturday. You should encourage your clients and prospects to take advantage of this free service to have their car seat installation checked by a certified car seat technician.

This would be a great tip to include in your organization’s communications to clients, especially personal lines clients. You have my permission to freely publish this information in your newsletter, as a blog post, on your website, on your Facebook page, on Google+, and as a Tweet.

Additional media information in both English and Spanish is available at: NHTSA’s Child Passenger Safety Week page.

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