CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Many parents and caregivers may not be aware that children should be strapped into their car seats with their winter coats off.
Magda Rodriguez is from SafeKids Western Mass and she joined us to explain.
CAR SEAT SAFETY
In order for a car seat to function properly, the straps need to remain tight against the child’s chest and winter coats make that very difficult.
If your child’s coat is too bulky to be worn with the car seat, you may want to consider some of these alternatives for keeping your child warm in your vehicle:
Preheat your vehicle
Put a coat on your child backwards after the harness is properly tightened
Cover your child with a blanket
If you are unsure that your child is strapped in properly, Safe Kids Worldwide recommends using “the pinch test.”
With your thumb and your index finger, pinch the harness near the child’s collarbone.
If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing when you pinch the strap, the harness is considered snug enough.
For more information, call SAFEKIDS Western Mass at (413) 794-2295 or (413) 794-6510