Is your child buckled correctly?

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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There are rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, belt-positioning booster seats and high-back booster seats. All these are critical in keeping a child safe in a vehicle, but they are not the most important factor.

Parents are the most important factor in ensuring that children are securely placed in the child safety seat appropriate for both the child and the vehicle.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Wise County, in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation, is conducting a free child safety seat checkup event 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Decatur Middle School parking lot, 1201 W. Thompson St.

Certified child passenger safety technicians will go over the checkup form with parents and point out what is correct and incorrect with each child safety seat. They will then properly install the child safety seats, take them back out and allow the parents to re-install them. Inspections may take up to 30 minutes each, depending on how many pointers are given to the parents.

Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Besides buckling a child in properly, other measures should be taken to help ensure child safety. Put bags of groceries in the trunk of a car or in the very back of a sport utility vehicle or van. In a crash, cans and jars can turn into deadly projectiles.

Also, never place an infant in the front seat of a car, especially with a passenger-side air bag. The safest place for all children 12 and under is the back seat. For families with more than one child, tips on the safest seat positions for all the children will be given.

For more information on this event, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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