Child Safety

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Child Safety in and around a vehicle is always important. Tragedies can be prevented if we all do our part.

 

Child Safety Tips:

Choose the correct safety seat for your child and make sure that it is installed correctly. This PDF guide can help you choose the correct seat. Our certified officers can inspect your safety seat and answer any questions . Just call 515-239-5133 to schedule an appointment.

Use this online tool to find out which type of seat is right for your child and compare various brands and models.

Safety seat and seatbelt requirements are dependent on a child's age, height, and weight. More information can be found here.  

Consider the bulk of clothing under the safety seat's harness, especially in the winter. Bulky winter coats can create a dangerous situation by creating extra space under the safety seat's harness. As a general rule, the harness should be as close to the child's body as possible and you shouldn't be able to pinch the material of the harness between your thumb and forefinger.

Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even for a short trip. Habitually check the car seats in your vehicle when you exit.

Talk with children about the dangers of playing around vehicles and always keep your vehicle doors locked.

Backing over a child can happen when the driver doesn’t see a child behind the car when exiting a driveway or parking stall.

Children can also become accidentally trapped in a trunk or hot car leading to serious injury or death.

Keep kids in the back seat at least until age 13.

 

Further information can be found in this PDF guide, or online at www.safercar.gov/parents

 

 

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