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ChildProof Your Car With These 5 Tips- Making Summer Travel Safe

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The summer season is the time when families like to pack up the car and head off on a road trip for their summer vacation. These trips in the car can be fun and entertaining for all, but when your kids are cooped up in the car for too long they end up getting cranky and bored. One solution is to make several sightseeing stops along the way so everyone gets a chance to stretch out their legs. However, it’s important to keep a close eye on your children when they’re out of the car and in a busy parking lot. During your family travels this summer, keep your kids safe with these five ways for childproofing your car.

1. Parking Pal Magnet

Parking lots are dangerous and it only takes a few seconds for a tragedy to occur, keep your kids safe with the Parking Pal. The Parking Pal is designed to be placed on the side of your vehicle, where it will remain safely attached at all times. While in a parking lot, children place one hand on their Parking Pal creating a safe spot. It was specifically created with bright colors, playful illustrations, and a small palm children love to place their hands on. After a couple learning sessions, your child will discover that the Parking Pal is their safe spot, and they will know where to go the second they are outside the car. It also helps teach them that parking lots are no place to play.
Available for $8.99 at http://www.parkingpalmagnet.com.

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2. Buckle Up

It’s crucial that you make sure your kids are buckled up at all time. Teach your children to always buckle up as soon as they get in the car. You must also lead by example because your kids will not be willing to listen if they see that you are not abiding by the same rule. It’s required by law for kids to wear a seat belt and for adults too in most states. Different booster seats and car seats also have various buckles so read the manual to see if you are correctly buckling in your kids.

3. Car Reverse Alert Beeper by Dreambaby®

The Dreambaby® Car Reverse Alert Beeper will alert anyone behind your vehicle that you are backing up. Simply stick the beeper over your reversing lights and it will emit a high-pitched noise when the vehicle is put into reverse. Little ones are often hard to detect through mirrors and windows so this will be an extra precaution to help prevent accidents when backing up your car. Available for $9.99 at www.shop4kids.com.

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4. Trunk Safety

These days all cars are required to feature a glow-in-the-dark interior release handle inside the trunk of the car so anyone can get out of a locked trunk. Still, older car models do not include this feature. When children are playing and parents aren’t around, the trunk of the car may seem like a good hiding spot. Kids do not know any better and this can pose a serious danger. Make sure your children cannot access the car unsupervised. If you have an older car, a retrofit Quick-Out Emergency Trunk Release kit is available for $9.99 at www.kidsandcars.org/online-store.html.
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5. Childproof the Interior

Don’t forget about the interior of your car when getting ready to child-proof. When driving with your kids, enable the childproof locks if you can to prevent kids from opening the door while the car is in motion. If you have any dangerous items in the backseat like an ice scraper, wiper fluid, or car cleaner, take them out and keep them in the trunk of the car away from the kids. The foldable back seats of your car should always be kept locked in an upright position to prevent kids from getting into the trunk.

For more car safety tips visit http://www.kidsandcars.org. Make your summer vacation fun and safe with these childproofing tips.

I’m a Big Kid Now- Car Seat Safety

I’M A BIG KID NOW

Another school year has begun. They’re another year older and one step closer toMC900436925 being a grown up in every sense of the word. Especially in their minds. They’re back at school, making new friends, and ever eager to impress and fit in. They have a built in desire to be independent, and graduating out of their car seat is no different.

You’ve heard it all before right? I’m a big kid. I’m not a baby anymore. I don’t need a baby seat. None of my friends have to sit in baby seats. It’s not cool! So what are you to do? What’s the truth? Is it just as safe in a regular seat belt? Do they really need to be in a booster seat? What’s the difference? How do we keep them safe and avoid the battle of our common sense versus their witty excuses?

The truth is that letting them sit in a big boy or girl seat with a seat-belt designed to protect a fully grown adult ISN’T just as safe. It’s not the same. Their bodies are NOT just smaller versions of our. Their bone structure is less mature. They ARE smaller but that means the same energy from hitting that tree had a lot more room to spread out on me and you than it did on them. Reality is that being in a booster seat is SAFER. It correctly positions the seat-belt over their bones and not their neck and belly. This helps to stop the movement during an accident. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration NHTSA generally recommends booster seats for kids 4 to 8 years old, less than 40 pounds, and under 4 feet 9 inches, although it’s a really good idea to check with authorities regarding your local laws.

The solution? Make their booster seat fun. Dress it up. Let them put their favorite stickers on it. Personalize it! Talk about it. Refrain from using phrases like “baby seat” and replace them instead with chants like “belts over bones”. It’s not about being grown up. It’s about their safety. Let them know that this seat is specially designed to protect them. Most importantly, set a great example. Always buckle up, and ALWAYS use the booster seat for your child.

For more information regarding the use of booster seats please visit www.NTHSA.gov

To find a local car seat inspection check www.safekids.org

This blog post was written by :
Jeremy B. Richter
Critical Care Paramedic
Child Safety Advocate
Founder of SAFE DAWG

SAFE DAWG is a child injury prevention program that teaches safety to kids K-8. A big part of their program includes Free car seat checks. Jeremy is a National Child Passenger Safety Technician. Stay tuned for more safety post from Jeremy.