Car Seat Safety
Central Utah Safe Kids strives to ensure the safety of children through a variety of activities, including drowning prevention, bike safety, sports injury prevention, toy safety, and child passenger safety, to name a few. We work closely with Safe Kids to promote child safety, especially child passenger safety.
Free car seat checkpoints are offered throughout the six-county area to ensure proper use of car seats. We have four certified child passenger safety technicians, including a Spanish-speaking technician. The technicians maintain their certification through continued education and practice. Convertible car seats and booster seats are available at a reduced cost for individuals with such a need.
Car Seat Safety in Central
Central Utah Public Health Department has trained car seat technicians as well as a limited number of car seats available at a reduced price. We are happy to announce that our health department recently received 20 additional car seats from Triple AAA to distribute.
Car seat recipients receive instruction on installation at the time they pick up the car seats. One of the challenges our technicians frequently encounter is parents wanting to change their infants to a forward facing position when they reach the age of 1 or 22 pounds. That was the recommendation in the past. The current recommendation is to keep children rear facing until they reach the height and weight limits on the car seat. That is approximately 2 years old and 35-40 pounds. Infants are much safer rear facing than forward facing. In a vehicle crash a rear facing seat cradles and moves with the child which reduces the risk of injury to the neck and spinal cord.
All parents want their children to be safe passengers when they travel, but they need to be safe in town as well as on the Freeway. We frequently hear parents say, “I make my kids stay in their car seats when we travel out of town.” We often see children unrestrained when they are picked up by their parents after school. Parents have stated that it’s such a short distance they just don’t worry about it. Car seats should be used every time the child is in the vehicle and the parents should be buckled up as well. Crashes that take place in rural areas can be just as deadly as car crashes on the freeway.
Nearly 75% of car crashes occur on rural roads. Most rollovers occur when drivers over-correct their steering in response to unexpected situations. In rural areas that may be a deer or cow on the road. If your vehicle leaves the paved road surface, slow down gradually, don’t stomp on the brakes. Then, when it is safe to do so, ease the vehicle back onto the roadway. Don’t suddenly jerk the steering wheel to get the vehicle back on the pavement. Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time!
For more information visit: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Safety.htm