Child Safety Seats Provide the Best Protection
Bringing the baby home for the first time from the hospital after labor and delivery requires taking safety steps during travel. Steps providing the best protection are essential because unintentional injuries remain the major cause of child deaths in the United States. Every year, more children suffer fatal injuries in vehicle accidents compared to any other kind of life-threatening injury. Children can be protected in vehicles by using proven safety measures and following basic rules.
Child Safety Seats
Properly installing a child safety seat will provide your little one the best protection against harm when traveling in a vehicle. It is the law that children must be restrained appropriately when riding in a car, truck, SUV or van. A child safety seat reduces the potential risks of fatalities for newborns, babies and toddlers.
Selecting a proper car seat is not always an easy choice. The best safety features are not always on the seats with the highest price tag. The seat must fit the child properly according to their size, age and weight, as well as the type of vehicle used. The child must fit the car safety seat properly, using appropriate harnesses to lock the unit into place in the vehicle, and the child in the seat.
Anyone requiring help to install a car safety seat can find free assistance in a variety of places. The federal government maintains child safety seat inspection stations in locations all across the nation. Additionally, many public safety groups, local health departments, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, fire stations and other locations offer guidance from certified technicians with skills to assist parents, grandparents, day care centers and childcare providers.
A Proper Fit
Infant-only car safety seats are designed to fit newborns and small infants ranging from 22 to 35 pounds in weight. Infant car seats are designed to be installed and positioned facing the rear the vehicle to minimize injury of the baby’s head, torso and neck in the event of an accident.
Convertible car safety seats are designed to provide protection for children weighing up to 40 pounds to face backwards. The seat can then be converted to face forward for children up to 80 pounds or more.
To ensure the safety of the child, seat belts and car safety seats should always be worn during every short distance and long-distance car trip. The child should be strapped securely in place before the vehicle is in motion.