You put a ton of research into the car seat you buy. And you probably agonized over its installation. But there’s one more step you can take to make it as safe as possible in the event of an accident. And it will take two minutes, tops.
Kaitlyn Lawson, a mom and EMT in Indiana, shared this safety hack on Facebook.
“Way too often do firefighters come upon a car wreck with child(ren) in the car who are too young to have any info and parents are unconscious,” she writes in her post. “It takes two minutes of your time to write out child’s name, DOB, parents’ names, DOB, emergency contacts and any medical conditions, any meds your child is on and even child’s doctor, then stick it to the child’s car seat. This helps EMS a ton and can also help save your child’s life.”
“Some emergency personnel don’t have time to search through personal belongings to find this kind of information needed, and having it on the car seat helps them a ton when in a quick emergency,” Lawson adds in an interview with Love What Matters. “The sticker is on the side of the car seat, when you open the door, it is very visible.”
We definitely feel good about getting car seat safety tips from medical professionals. This summer, husband and wife paramedics shared their advice for making sure a child is properly secured in a seat:
- Make sure a baby or toddler can’t pull their own arms out from under the straps
- You should only be able to fit a finger or two between the strap and your child
- No blankets or bulky clothing, like a jacket, should come between your child and the straps
- Would you feel comfortable flipping them upside down?