When Kimberlee Mitchell, Child Safety Expert & Professional Childproofer, came with the Safety 1st Squad to childproof my house, she also childproofed my minivan. We shot a quick video to go with this post to get you started thinking about keeping your family safe on the road. I think it’s amazing that there is so much that we don’t realize when it comes to safety and preventing injuries in our family cars. Here are some of Kimberlee’s key tips: eliminate projectiles, ensure you have your car seats properly installed, make sure you have the right car seat for your child, do not use your cell phone while driving, use techniques to prevent forgetting your baby in the car, hide your keys from kids. For complete information please read Kimberlee’s blog post Childproofing the Car.
I have a big interest in car seats and consider myself to be really knowledgeable about them and about installation. Here is a link to a Time.com blog post about a AAA/Dorel Juvenile Group survey (Dorel is the parent company of Safety 1st) that shows most parents don’t know the height and age requirements for car seats. Further, and most alarmingly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of car seats are not properly installed! I learned how to install a car seat properly before Chip was born by meeting with a car seat tech who went over the specifics with me. I’ve since taken advantage of any opportunity to speak with a police officer at a child safety event and opportunities like working with Kimberlee and Safety 1st. Believe me, if I can learn how to install a car seat correctly, anyone can. Kimberlee has a blog post, Car Seat Confusion: Which direction? Which location? When do they outgrow it? Her post also includes a tv segment she shot on San Diego Living showing the proper installation of car seats in a Toyota Sienna. She shows us some some good tips, including using a pool noodle to get a good install. Now buckle up and be safe!