1. Always use the “Inch Test” and the “Pinch Test”. Pinch the car seat strap near the child’s shoulder; if you can pinch a wrinkle in the fabric, tighten the strap until it is snug. For the “Inch Test”, grab the car seat from the back and bottom and tug from side to side and front to back. If the seat moves more than an inch in either direction, tighten it.
  2. Never add towels or extra layers between the seat and your child. Car seats can get hot in summer weather, but don’t pile up towels in your child’s seat to keep them cool. Extra material could interfere with the seat’s ability to restrain the child in the event of a crash, so it is important to only use accessories and products specifically approved for use by the seat’s manufacturer.
  3. Take time to cool off; then buckle up. If the car seat is hot because of high summer temperatures, take some extra time to cool the car down before placing your child in the seat. Test buckles to ensure they are not hot, and if they are, open the windows or turn on the air conditioner before buckling children in. Never leave children alone in the car, especially in the summer, when temperatures can escalate dangerously in a matter of minutes.
  4. Don’t rent a car seat. If you are renting a car this summer, use your own car seat. When you rent a seat, you don’t know important facts about its history that could affect its ability to protect your child (e.g., expiration date, crash history, etc.). The good news is that most airlines allow you to check your car seat for free.
  5. Secure loose items in the car. Make sure all loose items – including summer travel essentials such as beach chairs, coolers, umbrellas and suitcases – are tightly secured in your vehicle. These objects could become projectiles in the event of a crash.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: buckleupforlife.org

Just in time for the busy summer road trip season!!  Children are very sensitive to heat. A few great tips to keep kids safe.

Beat the heat: Children are sensitive to heat; their bodies warm up to five times faster than adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before buckling your child into a hot car seat in a hot car, take a little extra time to cool down the car, advises Gloria DelCastillo, a child passenger safety expert at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a senior specialist with Toyota’s Buckle Up for Life program. Test a car seat’s buckles to make sure they’re not hot. If they are, roll down the car’s windows or turn on the air conditioner to quickly cool the interior and the car seat.

Skip the towels: Well-meaning parents may place a beach towel between their child and their hot car seat in an attempt to keep them cool, but it shouldn’t be done. A towel or other extra material can limit the car seat’s ability to restrain a child in a crash, DelCastillo said in a press release. Keep your child chilled in the car with a car seat sunshade and more.

Lose the loose items: From beach chairs to suitcases, there’s a lot of gear that accompanies a summer road trip. Any loose items in a car should be secured at all times to prevent them from becoming dangerous projectiles in a crash.

Skip the car-seat rental: If you’re flying instead of driving for your summer vacation, remember to bring your own car seat instead of renting one; most airlines will check your car seat for free. The problem with rental car seats is parents don’t know the car seat’s history such as whether it’s been in a crash or if it’s reached its expiration date, DelCastillo said.

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Never leave a  child behind in the car even for a few moments. Safe travels