Child Vehicle Safety
Child Safety Seat Inspections - Schedule Your Appointment
Properly installing a child safety seat is crucial for protecting young passengers in the event of a car accident. It reduces the risk of injuries and provides essential support to delicate body parts. To ensure maximum safety, schedule an appointment with Corporal Jensen DeGroot, a certified Child Safety Seat Technician. With her expertise, she will carefully inspect and install the safety seat, ensuring it is correctly secured and adjusted for your child's protection. Trust in her knowledge and experience to prioritize your child's safety on the road.
Preventing a Child from Suffering Heatstroke in a Car
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Vehicular heatstroke happens when a child is left or trapped inside a car or truck. The temperature inside a vehicle can quickly rise high enough to kill a child—even when it doesn’t feel that hot outside. Understanding how and why these tragedies happen is the key to protecting America’s children.
It Happens to Good Parents: In the vast majority of vehicular heatstroke deaths between 1998 and 2016, the child was mistakenly left in or gained access to the vehicle when unsupervised. Don’t leave yourself vulnerable by believing this can only happen to irresponsible parents. These tragedies can and do happen to people like you.
It Happens Fast: in 10 minutes, a car can heat up by 20 degrees. Even on a mild day the temperature inside a vehicle can hit 110 degrees. If a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, that child will die.
Since 1998, we’ve lost 7251 children to heatstroke tragedies—25 this year alone and summer has just begun. We all need to be on guard to protect kids. Follow these tips:
- Look Before You Lock: Get into the routine of always checking the back seats of your vehicle before you lock it and walk away.
- A Gentle Reminder. Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Or place your phone, briefcase, or purse in the back seat when traveling with your child.
- A Routine Check. If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely. Set a reminder on your phone to call and check in.
- A Key to Safety. Keep your vehicle locked and keep your keys out of reach; nearly 3 in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gains access to a vehicle.
- Act to Save a Life: You should act if you see a child alone in a vehicle. Call law enforcement immediately and free the child from the vehicle to protect that child’s life (https://www.nhtsa.gov/heatstroke-reminder-protect-kids, August 1, 2017).