Paramedics Share Their Top Car Safety Tips To Help Keep Kids Safe

Every parent should read this.

Car seat safety is often a number one concern for parents, especially considering that the leading cause of death in the United States for children ages 3 to 14 years old is vehicle crashes. But selecting the right car seat can sometimes be overwhelming because there are so many different options and recommendations with varying makes, prices, and positions. 

To hopefully make the process of buying a bit easier, Australian mom Krystal Kleidon recently shared a video on her Project Hot Mess Facebook page. It features tips that she and her husband have learned from being paramedics. The two have 20 years of experience together, plus they have a 4-year-old and a new baby on the way. As they're in need of new car seats themselves, they took the opportunity to share with other parents what they've learned.



Kleidon begins by acknowledging the difficulty of choosing a new seat and how there are so many different sources of information. However, she wants to share what she and her husband have seen from their on-road experience. The key thing to note, she says, is that the straps are extremely important. You can have the best-designed car seat, but it means nothing if the straps aren't correct.

"It doesn’t matter how much money you spend on a car seat if you DON’T strap your child in."

She continues that it doesn't matter whether the car seat cost $200 to $600, she has seen kids remain unharmed when they are fastened correctly. "Between my husband and I, in our 20 years experience, we have NOT seen a single child harmed in a car accident where the child was restrained in their seat properly. Not a single one." she stated. "We've seen car seats ejected from vehicles, we've seen cars that have rolled over so many times you can barely tell which way is up, we've seen accidents where you would be certain there would be no survivors."

Therefore, the paramedics want to ensure parents are strapping their kids into their seats properly.

Kleidon wants people to ask themselves, "How tight are you making the straps on your child's seat? Can they pull their own arms out of them? Can you only fit one or two fingers underneath them? Do they have a big puffy jacket on that stops them from being strapped in properly?"

She also has another surprising way to see if the car seat is the right one.

She wants parents to ask themselves whether they would be confident turning the seat upside down.

Kleidon asks, "Would you be confident in doing THIS to them? Would you be confident in turning your child upside down in their seat?" as she and her husband hold her 4-year-old son above the floor in his car seat.

The paramedics' advice comes after a chiropractor's post on how to correctly carry a car seat to prevent body strain went viral. And now Kleidon's is going viral, too. Since it was posted on June 30, it has received 27,000 likes and generated a lot of positive discussion about car seats.

A Facebook commenter wrote, "I want to say thank you for this post. I honestly think I'm not tightening my children's seat straps tight enough. The thought of them being tossed out and not actually being protected is terrifying. I am going to check the straps and ensure that they can't get their arms loose."

Other commenters are sharing their experiences about being in car accidents. One said, "We were literally rear-ended last night. We have our son who's 5, and not the weight to be in a booster, and is in a 5-point harness. My daughter who's 8 in November in a booster. Neither are injured, not even sore from it."


(H/T: Popsugar)

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