Child Passenger Safety Week:
The Kingsport Fire Department and the Kingsport Police Department will hold a Child Passenger Seat Checkpoint Friday September 18, 2015 from 1-4pm at Fire Station 2, 1804 Crescent Dr. (near Dobyns Bennett High School the corner of East Center St and Ft Henry Dr.)
CAR SEAT SAFETY TIPS
Engineers are working hard to ensure that cars and car seats are designed to keep kids as safe as possible. But its up to every parent to take full advantage of these innovations by making sure car seats and booster seats are used and installed correctly. Heres what you need to know to ensure that your most precious cargo is safe in cars.
Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.
- Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. Heres a quick‚ car seat checklist to help you out. It takes only 15 minutes. If you are having even the slightest trouble, questions or concerns, certified child passenger safety technicians are able to help or even double check your work.
- Learn how to install your car seat for free. Safe Kids hosts car seat inspection events across the country where certified technicians can help you learn to install‚ your car seat‚ properly. They will teach you so that you can always be sure your car seat is used correctly.‚ Find a Safe Kids car seat checkup event near you.
- Buy a used car seat only if you know its full crash history. That means you must buy it from someone you know, not from a thrift store or over the Internet. Once a car seat has been in a crash or is expired or broken, it needs to be replaced.
- We know that when adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. So be a good example and buckle up for every ride. Be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too.
- Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. While it may be tempting to dash out for a quick errand, the temperature inside your car can rise 20 degrees and cause‚ heatstroke in the time it takes for you to run in and out of the store.
While it may seem like you need an engineering degree to figure out which car seat is best for your child, dont worry. Weve got you covered.‚ Read more tips and well help you pick the right seat for your childs age, weight, height and developmental stage.
Is your childs car seat registered? Parents can register their new or currently used car seat, ensuring that they are promptly notified about future recalls and guided through the repair process. Heres how:
- Register online with your car manufacturer, using the information found on the information sticker on your car seat.
- Fill out the registration card that came with your car seat. Its pre-populated with your car seats information. Mail the card; no postage required.
TIP: Take a photo of your car seat label and save it to your phone so you can have it handy.