Presentation on theme: "WELCOME! Child Passenger Safety for Prepared Childbirth Class."— Presentation transcript:
WELCOME! Child Passenger Safety for Prepared Childbirth Class
CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY FOR INFANTS WELCOME! Picking a Seat Installing a seat BASICS FOR SAFETY LATCH After market products More information
WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT ABOUT CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY? Motor Vehicle Crashes = Leading Cause Of Death Of Children In Connecticut, 95% of all child safety seats are improperly installed. Car crashes cause more deaths each year than diseases, drugs, and kidnappings COMBINED!
"The Frings' twins were in child safety seats in the back of her 1997 Chrysler Sebring. 'They were secured exactly as they should have been,' Jefferson County Sheriff Davenport said. 'Fortunately for them, they were secured properly.'" The Frings' car after the accident: Excerpt from The Knoxville News-Sentinel Friday, June 16, 2000, newspaper article:
BEST What is the BEST Child Safety Seat?!? Fits the CHILD properly Fits the CAR properly Will be used correctly EVERY TIME
PREMATURE & LOW BIRTH-WEIGHT INFANTS special considerations are necessary to ensure their safe transportation: Weight Harness straps Crotch strap Respiratory obstruction
BASICS FOR INFANTS: Think where baby’s face would go in a crash or sudden stop!
NEVER NEVER NEVER PUT A CHILD In the front seat In front if airbag
BASICS FOR INFANTS: Children should be REAR- FACING as long as possible, but AT-LEAST: ONE YEAR AND 20 Pounds BABY, BACKWARDS, BELOW
INSTALLATION TIPS BELT PATH:Put weight into seat :
Locking clip Also called pre-crash positioned Regular Belt Shortening (Heavy Duty) Within 1 inch of buckle
LATCH: Lower Anchors & Tethers for children
Use a Tether strap???? Not approved for Most rear-facing Infant Seats Adds stability Reduce head excursion May solve problem with forward-mounted belt systems in some cases
45 degree angle when installed
BASICS FOR INFANTS: The seat should fit tightly in the car Seat should not move more than 1 INCH at belt path when installed BUT HOW DO I GET THE CAR SEAT TO FIT TIGHTLY IN MY CAR??????
TIGHT HARNESS SHOULD BE TIGHT One Finger= WONDERFUL Two Fingers= TOO MANY DO NOT use extra padding/blankets behind/under child or under harnesses
Retainer clip should be at armpit level Send in the registration card for recall information. Replace any car seat/seat belt that has been involved in a crash DO NOT use a used seat without knowing its history
BASICS FOR INFANTS: If using an infant carrier when driving the handle & canopy should be DOWN
NEVER NEVER NEVER hold child while bundle child UNDER Car moving to console, harness (instead, put breastfeed etc:blanket on top):
NEVER NEVER NEVER! Never Keep harness loose or above shoulders OR Clip below armpit level
AFTER MARKET PRODUCTS
QUESTIONS? HANDOUTS: Info sheets Inspection stations Web resources Premature & low birth weight review sheet Video in hospital when deliver