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Car crashes are the number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States.

As part of National Preparedness Month, today we will be talking about Car Seat Safety (it’s also National Child Passenger Safety Week!)

Just how important is making sure your child is buckled in correctly to an age and size appropriate car seat?

On average, 2 children are killed and 325 are injured in car accidents every day.* This fatality rate could be reduced by about half if the correct child safety seats were always used.**

So how can you check to make sure you are using the correct car seat in the correct way for your child?

Check out these great recommendations for car seats and boosters as well as installation and maintenance tips.

To make sure your child’s seat is the correct one installed in the correct way, you should have it inspected by a certified technician. Often, these certifications are free. You can find a location close to you by clicking here.

We also wanted to share a great tip with you that we found and shared on our Firefighter Pinterest board. It started with this photo:

In this photo, you can see the parent has attached Emergency Contact and Medical Information.

When we found this Pin, it was shared by a Firefighter/Paramedic. He commented that this kind of information is critical in the event of a car crash. In case the driver is separated from the child or otherwise unable to communicate medical information to First Responders, securing vital information to a car seat will help provide EMTs with potentially life-saving information.

While some newer car seats come with a spot for this information, many do not. Even if your child’s car seat does not have a specific spot for this info, you can secure it to the seat yourself. Simply write up the information (we recommend using bright or neon paper so it’s more noticeable) and use waterproof, clear tape to secure it to your car seat. 

Here are some suggestions on what to include:

  • Child’s Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Parent Identification and Contact Information (Names and Phone Numbers)
  • Emergency Contact Information (Name and Phone Number)
  • Primary Physician/Pediatrician Information
  • Any known medical conditions
  • Any known allergies
  • Any relevant medical information

No matter how safe of a driver you are, remember that there are other drivers on the road and that accidents happen every day. Help safeguard your child’s safety by having your car seat inspected and by securing contact and medical information to your child’s car seat.

Sources:
*Based on National Highways Traffic Safety Administration c2010 Crash Data
**Based on the latest mortality data currently available from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics
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