GREENBURG – The Greensburg Fire Department and Decatur County Memorial Hospital are co-hosting a car seat safety symposium from 4-6pm on Thursday, June 2 at GFD Station 1, 528 North Ireland Street.
Certified in the correct use of seat belts and car seat safety, GFD will teach Lt. Kyle Wilson and firefighters Donothan Buckley and Tyler Brown the proper installation of child-safe car seats.
According to the US Department of Transportation, car accidents are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. This is why it is so important to choose and use the right car seat correctly every time your child is in the car.
According to Buckley, there are some mistakes a lot of people make when installing a car seat.
“Most people go forward facing the car seat very early,” he said. “Most of them think that once their child is a year old they can go to a forward-facing seat, but there are good, better, and better considerations to take into account. It is good to go with the age requirements only, it is better “to suit the age and weight, but it would be better to fit with the child’s age, weight, and height.
By the age of two or three, most children are ready for a forward-facing car seat, but it is best to refer to the car seat manufacturer’s instructions.
“Another mistake parents make is giving more than two inches of play in their car seat belts,” Buckley said. “Some car manufacturers install an airbag in the seat belt itself. For example, in newer Ford trucks, the seat belt has an airbag in it, so a latch is provided. If not, the child needs to sit in the middle seat.”
If you need help installing a car seat, GFD is ready to help.
“I’ll help them install if they want to connect and make sure I’m here, but I’ll install it and then take it out so they have to reinstall it while they watch,” Buckley said. “I want him to be right.”
“What is more important than our children and grandchildren? Take this opportunity to stop by and make sure your children are safely secured in their car seats,” added Assistant Fire Chief Brian Winning.
The right fit
Put your child in a car seat with the child’s back flat against the car seat.
Place the harness straps over the child’s shoulders. Straps should be flat, not kinked, and go through the openings at or below your child’s shoulders.
Fasten the seat belt and chest buckle and tighten them until they are tightened. The strap is tight enough when you can’t squeeze any extra material onto the shoulder.
Bulky clothing or blankets can prevent seat belts from being worn comfortably. Always pack the baby in the seat first, then put coats or blankets over the belt.
If your baby needs support, fill in the blanks with small blankets draped over each side of the baby’s shoulders and head.
If there is a gap between the buckle and your baby’s groin (common in young children), try putting a rolled-up towel or diaper in place for a tighter fit.
Never place thick padding under or behind a child unless recommended for use by the car seat manufacturer.
Place the chest clip at armpit level. This holds the harness straps in place on the child’s chest and shoulders.
There are many car seat options on the market. Use the information below to help you choose the type of car seat that best meets your child’s needs, or print NHTSA’s child car seat recommendations.
Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, then choose the one that fits your car and use it every time.
Always review your car seat manufacturer’s instructions (check height and weight limits) and read your car owner’s manual on how to install a car seat using a seat belt or lower anchors and rope, if available.
For maximum safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
Keep your child in the back seat at least until age 12.
For more information, call the Greensburg Fire Department at 812-663-8671.
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