Safety Spotlight Celebrate the Holidays Safely

Safety Spotlight
Celebrate the Holidays Safely
November –December, 2017
A busy time of year has begun and many of us will be traveling to spend time with family and
friends. When it comes to car seats, this topic can be downright overwhelming! This Safety
Spotlight edition breaks down several key points to keeping your kids safe when traveling in
the vehicle. Be sure you talk with your kids about how their car seat
keeps them safe and why it is important they are properly secured on
every ride, every time.
The Big Debate ~ Booster vs. No Booster?
Is your child ready to move to a seat-belt only in the vehicle?
The recommended height states 4’9” ~ but wait!
Is this 10-year old who is over 4’9” ready to be in the seat without a booster?
The answer is NO and here’s why.
Without the booster, the seat belt sits
on her neck and in an accident this
could severely harm her. 35%
The Southlake Police & Fire Departments have certified
child passenger technicians that can help you install or
verify your car seat installation. of children <13 years
old who were not
buckled in car seats,
booster seats or seat
belts were killed in car
crashes in 2015
*Statistics from NHTSA
Life Preserva on Through Public Educa on Fire Education
Police Education
Renni Burt
Valerie Snyder
rburt@ci.southlake.tx.us
817-748-8349
vsnyder@ci.southlake.tx.us
Visit us on Facebook at: SouthlakePublicSafety
817-748-8173
Safety Spotlight
Celebrate the Holidays Safely
November –December, 2017
A busy time of year has begun and many of us will be traveling to spend time with family and
friends. When it comes to car seats, this topic can be downright overwhelming! This Safety
Spotlight edition breaks down several key points to keeping your kids safe when traveling in
the vehicle. Be sure you talk with your kids about how their car seat keeps them safe and
why it is important they are properly secured on every ride, every time.
How important are the labels on the car seats? VERY!
The labels on car seats can provide life saving
information.
Did you know there are weight maximums for using
lower anchors? There are ~ and every seat is different, so
check your label!
The label says it’s safe, but is it ‘best practice’?
This child is 8-years old and weighs 50 pounds. Labels on this car
seat tell us this booster seat may be connected by a seat belt with a
child weighing 40 pounds (and 45”). However, what is the best
practice?
A 5-point harness is definitely best practice until the child outgrows
the height of the seat or the weight of the harness straps.
Reading the labels is important!
248
children under 5
years old were
saved by car
seats in 2015
Life Preserva on Through Public Educa on Fire Education
Police Education
Renni Burt
Valerie Snyder
rburt@ci.southlake.tx.us
817-748-8349
*Statistics from NHTSA
vsnyder@ci.southlake.tx.us
Visit us on Facebook at: SouthlakePublicSafety
817-748-8173
Safety Spotlight
Celebrate the Holidays Safely
November –December, 2017
A busy time of year has begun and many of us will be traveling to spend time with family and
friends. When it comes to car seats, this topic can be downright overwhelming! This Safety
Spotlight edition breaks down several key points to keeping your kids safe when traveling in
the vehicle. Be sure you talk with your kids about how their car seat keeps them safe and
why it is important they are properly secured on every ride, every time.
Straps are too LOOSE
Retainer clip is too LOW
Here are some of the most common errors we see and how
you can make sure your kiddo rides safely on your travels.
The fix: tighten the harness
against the child.
The fix: make sure your child
wears the seat belt correctly on
every ride, every time.
The fix: move retainer clip to
armpit level.
59%
of children’s car
seats are used
incorrectly
*Statistics from NHTSA
Seat belt is not worn
PROPERLY
Common Errors We See
Recently, the Public Education team conducted car seat checks at local pre-schools. We
verified installations of over 40 car seats ~ can you guess how many seats were
installed and being used correctly ~ only 4!
Top Tether Is
NOT CONNECTED
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