MINOT, ND– What may seem like a simple piece of equipment to install, if not secured properly – could cost your child’s life.
“Right now in North Dakota I think we’re around 84% misuse,” said Bobby Dickinson with who is the injury prevention coordinator at First District Health.
That’s why organizations like state farm insurance and first district health department have partnered to teach the community about car seat safety.
“A lot of times people don’t know what they don’t know and we just try to raise awareness of the things that can happen,” said State Farm Agent Paul Siebert
things like how to secure your child’s car seat
“we’re teaching them what to look for when their installing that car seat into the car making sure it’s nice and tight in the best position for that seat making sure that child is rear facing if they need to be or forward facing if they reached that point,” said Dickinson.
She told us that children should be in a rear facing seat until the age of two.
” we’re also telling parents what to look for when they’re putting that child in that seat make sure those straps are at the right height chest is up where it should be,” said Dickinson.
and with boosters, it’s all about positioning
“a lot of people don’t realize that it needs to sit up on the collar bone and then the lap belt it needs to sit across the hips, if it’s sitting higher it’s going to cause more damage in accident,” said Tiffany Smith who is a pediatric nurse at Trinity Health.
Cristy is a mother of an 8 and 10 year old.
“I have been in accidents with my kids in the car I know how it stops quickly and know how seats can move around and kids can move around so I want to make sure that they’re not going to go anywhere and not out any windows or anything like that,” said Cristy Schwager who is a mother of two.
that’s why parents should remember these three things
Three things that we can use to make sure that we’re using those car seats correctly is less then one inch from side to side when installed that’s how we know we’re tight in enough we don’t want to be able to pinch any slack in those straps and then we want that chest up right at arm pit level on that hard part of baby so that in an accident that’s taking an impact and not our soft tissue on the tummy,” said Dickinson.
if inspected regularly, car and booster seats-will save a life.