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Child Safety Tips

The Basics

  • Everybody needs a child safety seat, booster seat, or safety belt!
  • There must be one safety belt for each person. Buckling two people, even children, into one belt could injure both.
  • People who are not buckled up can be thrown from the car or around inside the car, and seriously hurt themselves or others.
  • Never hold a child on your lap! You could crush him/her in a crash, or the child may be torn from your arms.
  • Never ride in the cargo area of a station wagon, van, or pickup! Anyone riding in the cargo area could be thrown out and severely injured or killed.
  • No one seat is 'best', The 'best' child safety seat is the one that fits your child and can be installed correctly.
  • Children age 12 and under should ride properly restrained in back.

Size Car Seats

  • 1 year old and up to 35 pounds should have a Infant-only (A) or Rear-facing Convertible (B) seat
  • 1 to 4 years old, and over 20 up to 40 pounds should have a Convertible or Forward-Facing Only seat
  • 4-8 year old and over 40 pounds should have a Belt-positioning Booster Seat, backless (D) or high-back (C)

Walking & Biking Safely

  • Always Supervise!
  • Teach them how to cross the street, and always show by example.
  • Make rules, no helmet no bike!  That goes for the adult too!
  • Keep children away from traffic, fenced yards, parks.
  • A baby should be at least 1 year old before they ride along with mom or dad on a bike.

CPS Fact Sheet Provided by NHTSA

Information provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1/21/2006