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Child Safety

Car Seat

Engineers are working hard to ensure that cars and car seats are designed to keep kids as safe as possible. But it’s up to every parent to take full advantage of these innovations by making sure car seats and booster seats are used and installed correctly. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that your most precious cargo is safe in cars.

73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. Here’s a quick car seat checklist to help you out. It takes only 15 minutes. If you are having even the slightest trouble, questions or concerns, certified child passenger safety technicians are able to help or even double check your work. Click here for more tips, facts, and resources. (source: safekids.org)

What To Know About Booster Seats

Choosing the right car seat is high on the list for any new parent, and every parent plans to leave the hospital with a newborn securely buckled up in a car seat. But as kids grow up, using a car seat or booster seat may feel more like an option rather than a requirement. By the time kids are older and starting school, it might seem like moving to a seat belt is a relief. But many kids still need a boost to ride safely in cars.

Booster seats have been shown to reduce the risk of serious injury by 45% compared to seatbelts alone in younger children ages 4-8. Seven out of ten parents don't know that a child should be 57 inches or taller and between 80-100 pounds to ride using a seatbelt without a booster seat. (Source: safekids.org)

Sports Safety

Sports are great for kids, but too many kids are stuck on the sidelines because of an injury. Research shows an alarming number of athletes are hiding injuries to stay in the game, getting injured as a result of a dirty play, or going back in the game right after they've had a concussion. Most sports injuries can be prevented with smart habits and good training for players, coaches and parents. 

Bug Bites & Stings

Bug bites and stings usually are just annoying, causing temporary discomfort and pain, but no serious or lasting health problems. But sometimes, they can cause infections that require treatment and allergic reactions that can be serious, even fatal.

Parents should know the signs of an infection or allergic reaction, and when to get medical care. Inform all caregivers if a child has any history of complications so they know what to do in the event of a bug bite or sting. Click here to read more...

Bike Safety

There are so many great reasons to ride your bike: It offers fun, freedom and exercise, and it's good for the environment. We want kids and families to ride their bikes as much as possible. Here are a few tips so that you'll be safe while you do so.

Helmet Safety:

1. An appropriate helmet must be worn whenever a child is “on wheels.” This means bicycles, scooters, skates, rollerblades, skateboards and more!2. The helmet must fit properly.
3. Helmets can be life saving and can protect a child from serious injury. 
4. Be sure the right type of helmet is being used. For example, a bike helmet needs to be used for biking.
5. Moms and dads should wear helmets as well. 
(Source: pbs.org)