Friday, September 16, 2011

National Child Passenger Safety Week Sept. 18-24

Make sure your children are safe and secure.
Please join us to have your child safety seat inspected.
 
Saturday, September 24
10am – 1pm
 
Burlington Coat Factory
3022 High Point Road
Greensboro, NC

September 18-24 is National Child Passenger Safety Week.  All over the United States, Safe Kids Coalitions will be hosting car seats checking stations held as part of Seat Check Saturday.  Greensboro's event will be Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10am - 1pm at Burlington Coat Factory at 3022 High Point Rd..

According to statistics, in 2009 1314 children ages 14 and under died and an estimated 179,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes.  Almost half of the children who die in motor vehicle crashes are completely unrestrained.  Research shows that child restraints provide the best protection for all children up to age 8.

For maximum child passenger safety, parents and caregivers can visit their local inspection stations and refer to the following guidelines that determine which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on age and size: 
1.      For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until a minimum of age 1 and at least 20 pounds. 
This year, The American Academy of Pediatrics announced it is now recommending infants and toddlers ride rear-facing in a child safety seat (a safety seat that is weight and height appropriate for the child) until they are 2 years of age or until the child reaches the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.
2.       When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at a minimum age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).
3.       Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall).
4.       When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall) they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).

Remember: All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.

Safe Kids Guilford County urges every parent and caregiver to have your child safety seats checked by a certified technician.  For a list of certified technicians and seat check events in your area, visit http://www.safeguilford.org/ or http://www.buckleupnc.org/

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