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Posted on July 7, 2017 at 11:22 AM by Katie Stamy
Picking a car seat that’s right for your child is difficult, and correctly installing the seat in the car is even more challenging. Webster Fire Department is here to help to make sure your seat is properly installed, and your child is strapped in safely.
Two of the Webster firefighters have attended 40 hours of car seat safety training and know exactly how to adjust any car seat into any car. By making an appointment at the Webster Fire Department, they will not only put your car seat in correctly, but teach you how to do it yourself.
However, putting the car seat into the car is only half the battle. Once your seat is properly installed, you must then make sure you also have your child strapped in safely. Use the correct harness slots and adjust the shoulder straps as your child grows. On rear-facing car seats, the shoulder straps should come through the car seat slots at or just below your child’s shoulders. On forward-facing seats, the shoulder straps should be at or just above the shoulders. After buckling the child in, make sure that the chest clip is on the chest, and not the belly. WFD then encourages parents to register their car seats on SaferCar.gov, in case of a recall or safety notice.
According to Safe Ride 4 Kids, anywhere from 72 to 84 percent of child restraints show critical misuses. Call Webster Fire Department at 281-316-3742 to set up a time for your car seat to be checked. Visit SaferCar.gov for more valuable tips on car seat safety.