This week is Child Passenger Safety Week! This week is dedicated to decreasing the number of deaths in children through proper car seat, booster seat, and seat belt use! Many car crash injuries and death could be prevented with their proper use and yet car crashes still remain one of the leading causes of death in children 1-13 years old!
This year, we’re focusing on tweens and teens! As kids get older, they are less likely to buckle up but that’s the time when as a parent you have to buckle down! Seat belts save lives and they are the law – this is one topic with your child where there should be no negotiations. Tweens and teens need to be seat belted in every single time they get in the car and they need to wear their seat belts properly – none of this half of it in back or half on, half off stuff! Check before you start the car to make sure everyone is properly restrained – you have the keys, you are the parent, you get to decide when the car leaves. Don’t leave until everyone is seat belted and check periodically to make sure that everyone has stayed seatbelted!
The good news is that parents have influence over their children! Research shows that kids of parents who buckle up are far more likely to buckle up themselves! Always model proper seat belt use! You could save their life – or your own!
And don’t forget, it’s not just about the proper seat! It’s also about using each type of seat as intended. This weekend is also National Seat Check Saturday! A day to ensure that you have the right seat and the correct placement! Take some time to at least review the latest recommendations to ensure you are following them with your children – it might just save their life! Here’s some local seat inspections. You can also find an inspection location that fits into your schedule.
Head over to The Skelly CPST for more great tips and follow the adventures of Bart the Skeleton!
Thanks to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the graphics and information!