There is a lot of emphasis placed on the importance of placing children in car seats, and rightfully so. Infants, toddlers and even older children are more vulnerable to injury in the event of an accident, no matter how big or small that accident may be.
Why should the seat face to the rear?
When there is a crash, then the car seat will take some of that force of the crash, and the rest will be spread throughout the bigger body areas. The adults have the seat belt that will send the force of the crash to the more strong body parts such as the hips and the shoulders. Unfortunately, infants do not have such strong body parts that would stand up to such heavy forces. Because the infants head is large and the neck is weak, there is greater incidence of injury of they are not protected during a crash. The rear facing car seat spreads the crash forces across the hips and breast bone while supporting the head, neck and back. When the car stops suddenly, it takes a period of time to come to a complete stop. The rear facing car seat assists by helping the body ride down the crash, causing less injury and trauma to the baby.
What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know About Hyperthermia or Heat Stroke
Did you know that a child’s body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s? It only takes a few short minutes before a kid can become dangerously overheated.
Every year, more than 30 children die because they are left alone in a car. In just 10 minutes a car’s temperature can increase by 19 degrees and it continues to rise as time goes on. There is no evidence that cracking the windows helps keep a car cool. In fact, sunshine coming through car windows makes the car work like an oven.
Make it a point to never leave your child alone in a car, even for one minute. We know that it seems like an innocent act to leave a child in a back seat while you make a quick run into a store to pick up a few things; however, this is dangerous because it only takes a few minutes to put your child at risk. Make it a habit to check the back seat every time you exit and remember to Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car.
If you need assistance with a car seat, the Safe Kids Mobile Passenger Safety Van will be at the following locations.
NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
Mondays 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesdays 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursdays 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm