AskPatty Supports Safe Kids Day with Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe While You’re on Your Way
Kids are going to fall, crash, slip, and explore. It’s part of being a kid. According to SafeKids.org, preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the U.S. and each year a million families around the world lose a child to these injuries. As parents, we all try to do our best to protect our kids from serious injuries, whether they’re at home, at play, or on their way.
WHAT IS SAFE KIDS DAY?
Safe Kids Day is an annual fundraising, awareness, and event initiative to keep kids safe from preventable injuries, the #1 killer of kids in the United States. In April 2014, Safe Kids Worldwide works at the local and national levels to promote child injury prevention and motivate families in communities everywhere to help keep their kids safe.
WHEN IS SAFE KIDS DAY?
Depends on where you live: For 2014, Safe Kids Worldwide will hold National Safe Kids Day Events in Los Angeles on April 5 and in New York City on April 12, so if you live in these areas, keep an eye open for events in the weeks surrounding these dates.
Once again, Chevrolet is a sponsor, supporting Safe Kids Day with donations and raising awareness of this important cause. At AskPatty, our focus is on keeping our kids safe while we’re on our way, by making sure they’re safely buckled in, and that their child safety seats are properly installed. Properly using seat belts and child safety seats are the most important things we can do to keep our kids safe in the car. And no, the armrest is NOT a place to seat your child!
If you only do one thing for Safe Kids Day to ensure your kids are safe in the car, why not have your child seat installation checked? Parents Central has joined with SaferCar.gov to create this Child Car Seat Inspection Station Locator. Simply enter your zip code to find a child car seat inspection station nearest you. Once there, certified technicians will inspect your child car seat (in most cases, free of charge) and show you how to correctly install and use it.
Here are some great educational articles to help you keep your kids safe in the car while you’re on your way!
If you’ve got kids, this secret safety feature is one every parent should know about: Officially called the “second-row passenger belt reminder light,” this feature found in the Cadillac SRX tells the driver which rear seat belts are occupied and safely belted when the vehicle is moving; this means you can tell if your wiggly kidlet has unbuckled his seat belt without taking your eyes off the road to look. Find out more about Cadillac’s Rear-Seat Passenger Sensing System here at AskPatty
Multi-million-miler Irv Gordon says patience, awareness, and proper maintenance are keys to safe driving. What’s his number one tip? Buckle Up! "It's the most important thing you and your family will do on a roadway,” says Irv. Get more safe-driving tips here at AskPatty
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Graco is conducting a recall on the harness buckles used on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013. Don’t panic: The seats themselves are not unsafe, the problem is with the harness buckles. Learn more about Graco’s Car Seat Recall at AskPatty.
Children prematurely moved to seat belts are four times more likely to suffer serious head injuries during a collision than children in child safety or booster seats. Safety belts are designed for adults, and children under 4'9" tall should ride with a booster seat. Learn more about booster seat and seat belt safety here at AskPatty.
You can also make a donation directly to Safe Kids Day by visiting their secure donation page.