North Shore Fire Department's Tips For National Child Passenger Safety Week

Sept. 11, 2009

The following North Shore Departments Urge Parents and Caregivers to Get Their Child Safety Seats Inspected

 

North Shore Fire Department, Bayside Police Department, Brown Deer Police Department, Fox Point Police Department, Glendale Police Department, River Hills Police Department, Shorewood Police Department, and Whitefish Bay Police Department

 

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 3 to 6 and 8 to 14. In 2007, 6,532 passenger vehicle occupants 14 and younger were involved in fatal crashes.

 

“It’s the responsibility of every parent and caregiver out there to make sure their children are safely restrained – every trip, every time,” said Jill Glanz, Public Education Specialist, North Shore Fire Department.

 

In 2007, among children under 5, an estimated 358 lives were saved from the use of child safety seats and booster seats. If all children under the age of 5 were restrained, an additional 71 children would have been saved.

 

For maximum child passenger safety, Public Education Specialist Jill Glanz said parents and caregivers should refer to the following 4 Steps for Kids guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on age and size:

 

1.For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds.

 

2.When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).

 

3.Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall).

 

4.When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall) they can use the adult seat belts in the back seat, if they fit properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).

 

Remember: All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.

 

At anytime throughout the year, you may access the North Shore Fire Department's car seat appointment scheduling system at www.nsfire.org to make arrangements to have your child safety seat inspected and installed. Appointments are posted on a monthly basis.

 

For more information on Child Passenger Safety Week, a national effort to remind parents and caregivers of the lifesaving effect child safety seats have in protecting young children, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/cps or contact the North Shore Fire Department Public Education Office at jglanz@nsfire.org 414-228-0292.

 

 

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