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Did you know that Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for kids ages one through 12 years old? In addition, three out of four kids are not as properly secured in a vehicle because their car seats are not correctly installed. Child Passenger Safety Week, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aims to educate parents and caregivers on ways to improve statistics, and ultimately save lives

Here are some very important child passenger safety tips from Sarah Tilton, Britax Child Passenger Safety Advocacy Manager.

1. Select a car seat that fits your baby and your vehicle(s). Also, be sure that you can use it correctly each and every time.
2. Be sure your car seat fits your growing child. Seated shoulder height is often overlooked.

3. Belt-Positioning Boosters are for big kids. Don’t transition out of a 5-point harness prematurely.

4. When using LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), be aware that your vehicle’s lower anchors have weigh limits. You must switch to vehicle seat belt installation when the weight of the car seat and the child exceed 65 lbs.

5. A snug harness strap should not allow any slack. If you’re able to pinch the strap, the harness is too loose. You should not be able to pinch any excess webbing.

6. For children 12 years of age and under, remember — the backseat is always the safest place for them to ride. Be sure to check your child seat and vehicle user guides for available seating positions.

7. Britax recommends that the use of a child seat be discontinued if it has been in a moderate to severe crash. Also, never purchase a used car seat if you don’t know its history.

8. Did you know that your car seat has an expiration date? Double check the manufacturer’s tag to be sure your seat is still safe.

9. Vehicles can become very hot, especially in the warm summer months. Never leave your child in a vehicle unattended.

10. Be sure your child’s harness is tight enough, especially in the winter months when children are bundled up in thick layers and bulky outerwear.

11. After buying a car seat, be sure to register your product either by visiting the manufacturer’s website, mailing the registration card or by calling their Customer Service department. That way you can be contacted in the event of a recall.

12. Always refer to your child restraint user guide or call your car seat’s customer service about installation and proper use questions you might have. If you still feel unsure about your car seat installation, please have a certified technician check your installation.
To find a car seat check-up event or certified technician near you, visit: http://bit.ly/1jVgCBO

For car seat options visit http://www.britaxusa.com
For more information on car seat help visit http://www.nhtsa.gov

*WeeBaby was not compensated for this post.

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SAFE KIDS DAY NYC 2014

20140418-063919.jpg Safe Kids Worldwide is a network of global organizations dedicated to providing parents and caregivers the resources to protect children from accidental injuries and death. Did you know that 9 million children are injured everyday in the United States and every 30 seconds a child dies from a preventable injury? Since Safe Kids was founded  in 1988 by Dr. Marty Eichelberger of the Children’s National Medical Center with support from founding sponsor, Johnson and Johnson, Safe Kids has helped reduce the death rate for children in the United States by 55 percent. Safe Kids work with more than 600 coalitions in the United States and 23 other countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and many more preventable injuries. Safe Kids helps by finding solutions to prevent injuries and teaching families how to keep their kids safe from preventable injuries. Safe Kids provides lifesaving devices such as child safety seats, helmets and smoke/carbon monoxide alarms to families who need them. Safe Kids works to pass and improve child safety laws and regulations.

Safe Kids Day NYC

Leif on the red carpet at Safe Kids Day NYC event

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On Saturday, April 12 Safe Kids Day was celebrated in NYC. Held at the Highline Stages this carnival experience for kids and their families was filled with fun, games, food and safety awareness. The kids enjoyed various activities that  were all aimed with safety in mind. Bell Helmets fitted and provided all the kids with new helmets. There was a fun house full of safety awareness tips for your home, a big top ball pool for swimming safety and many more fun activities aimed with safety awareness in mind.

Proceeds from Safe Kids Day NYC will help fund local and national injury prevention programs, expand existing programs and launch new programs to protect kids in our community. The Safe Kids campaign has raised more than $900,000 to help keep kids safe from preventable injuries.

Here are 7 Lesser-Known Safety Tips to Protect your Family:

Learning about safety tips for the home at The Fun House

Learning about safety tips for the home at The Fun House

Always wear your helmet

Always wear your helmet

Water Safety

Water Safety

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Safe Kids Day NYC

Safe Kids Day NYC

1. Tug on your kid’s car seat where the seat belt goes. If it moves more than 1″ at the base, tighten it up.

2. Secure furniture and TVs. Mount flat screens and keep bukly-style TVs on a low and stable base, or recycle them.

3. Check smoke and CO alarms monthly. Replace devices every 10 years. Replace batteries every year.

4. Scan your home for places kids can get into medicine. It is pills in purses, vitamins on counters and medicine in daily reminder boxes that curious kids get into.

5. Check around your home for coin-sized button batteries.

6. Ask your kid’s coaches if they have had concussion or sports safety training.

7. Take the Safe Kids Challenge: Take Action Against Distraction – Distraction impacts driving, walking, bath time and just about everything. Here is the Safe Kids Challenge: take a month to notice times when you or your kids are distracted. Help each other remember to put down the phone or whatever is distracting you and focus on looking out for each other.

Safe Kids Worldwide goal is to Celebrate Kids, Prevent Injuries and Save Lives.

For more information on Safe Kids Worldwide, visit http://www.safekids.org

* I was not compensated for this post. I was invited to the Safe Kids NYC Event and all opinions are my own.

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