whale check - Traffic Safety Team
W.H.A.L.E. (We Have A Little Emergency) CHECK can make a difference
in the event of a motor vehicle crash involving your child. Please help
prevent injuries by following these safety tips:
SEAT STRAPPED IN TIGHT: You should not be able to move WEAR YOUR SAFETY BELT: Studies
the car seat more than one inch in any direction at the belt path. show that when adults are buckled, kids are buckled.
CHEST CLIP AT ARMPIT LEVEL: Always check the owner’s HAS YOUR CAR SEAT BEEN RECALLED? Find out online
manual when rethreading the harness through the retainer clip. at www.floridaoprc.ce.ufl.edu under “Child Safety Seats”.
HARNESS SNUG ON THE CHILD: Straps should be tight • Always read manufacturer’s instructions for both your car and child
when you pinch the fabric of the harness at the shoulder.
Birth - 12 Months
• Your child under age 1
should always ride in a
rear-facing car seat.
• There are different types of
rear-facing car seats: Infantonly seats can only be used
rear-facing. Convertible and
3-in-1 car seats typically have
higher height and weight limits
for the rear-facing position,
allowing you to keep your child
rear-facing for a longer period
of time.
safety seat. Remember, the back seat is the safest place for all
children 13 and under to ride.
1 - 3 Years
4 - 7 Years
8 - 12 Years
• Keep your child rear-facing
as long as possible. It’s the
best way to keep him or
her safe.
• Keep your child in a
forward-facing car seat
with a harness until he or
she reaches the top height
or weight limit allowed by
your car seat’s manufacturer.
• Keep your child in a
booster seat until he or she
is big enough to fit in a seat
belt properly.
• Your child should remain in a
rear-facing car seat until he or
she reaches the top height or
weight limit allowed by your car
seat’s manufacturer. Once your
child outgrows the rear-facing
car seat, your child is ready to
travel in a forward-facing car
seat with a harness.
• Once your child outgrows the
forward-facing car seat with a
harness, it’s time to travel in a
booster seat, but still in the
back seat.
• For a seat belt to fit properly
the lap belt must lie snugly
across the upper thighs, not
the stomach. The shoulder
belt should lie snug across the
shoulder and chest and not cross
the neck or face. Remember: the
safest place for your child to ride
is the back seat.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
W.H.A.L.E. (We Have A Little Emergency) CHECK is an education and identification program
for parents who have children in car seats. In many cases children are too young to identify
themselves or provide helpful information in the event of an automobile crash. Fill out this form
below, cut and tape to your child’s car seat to provide vital information for emergency personnel.
child’s name:_____________________________________________
special medical conditions:___________________________________
parent/guardian names:___________________________________
phone number:___________________________________________
emergency contact:_______________________________________
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