School’s out! Time for longer play-dates, trips to the science museum and the beach. Will you be taking a family vacation or staying close to home? No matter what you’re doing, the lazy days of summer are great for our sanity, but never get lazy on safety. Here are some of our hot tips for keeping your kids safe while you’re on the road and in a car seat.
Clothes on in the car. Many of us leave the pool or beach and don’t think to cover up when we get into the car. During a crash the webbing on seat belts and the car seat harness can cause friction burns on bare skin. To help prevent this, make sure everyone in the car is wearing clothes between themselves and the webbing. Don’t skip the seat belts or car seats just because you’re close to home.
Baby it’s HOT outside and car seat buckles can heat up and cause a burn or discomfort to your child. Keep car seats cool when you’re parked in a parking lot by covering them with a towel, but don’t leave it as an extra layer between the seat and your child. Or, use a sun protection product made specifically for your car seat by your car seat manufacturer. Diono sells removable and reusable window cling shades, Cool Shade™, that will filter both UVA & UVB rays for lower car temperatures.
Extra car seats. No doubt your kids want to hang out with their friends and you might just treat them to a trip to the ice cream shop or to the movies. Be prepared by having an extra car seat or booster seat so that all the kids are buckled up properly.
Get to know your blind zones. With kids out of school, they are bound to be out and about riding bikes or running through your neighborhood. Before you back out of your driveway, look around your vehicle to be sure a child is not nearby. Roll your windows down and turn off the radio before you put the car in drive so you can hear if anyone is approaching. Unfortunately, approximately 50 children are backed over every week because the driver could not see the child!! Learn more on blind zones and contributing factors at kidsandcars.org
Look Before you Lock. Life can cause us to be very distracted. Be sure to remain focused on driving and your passengers. Never leave babies or children in the car, not even for a quick run into the store. Keep your purse or other important items near your child. You’ll most likely need to take them with you when you exit the car and you’ll always have a reminder that your child is in the back seat. An average of 38 children die every year from being left in the car. http://www.kidsandcars.org/heatstroke.html
For more tips to keep your child safety anywhere and everywhere visit: http://www.safekids.org/safetytips