Carilion experts discuss child seat safety for Child Passenger Safety Week

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Carilion Children’s safety experts shared tips on making sure children are properly secured to kick off Child Passenger Safety Week.

Knowing what type of seat fits a child is very important. Typically, experts say it is advised that children remain in a rear-facing seat until they are at least two-years-old. However, adults are also asked to pay attention to the weight and height advisories on the car seat, carrier, or booster seat.

Strap placement and tightness are also a common area of concern. The straps should be above or on a child’s shoulders. You should not be able to pinch the material on the strap. The chest strap should be on the child’s chest, and the lap belt should be on the child’s lap.

Jill Lucas Drakeford, Carilion Children’s Safe Kids Southwest VA coordinator, walked WFXR News through the proper way to secure a child, saying that 70-to-80-percent of parents, caregivers, or professionals who transport children are not doing so correctly.

Not having your child properly secured could result in a $50 fine per child for the first offense.

“If we have children that are not in either a child safety seat or either in a seat belt, you can get a violation. Secondary violations, if you get pulled over again and the kids are not restrained properly, [is] $500 per child,” Lucas Drakeford explained.

Typically, police departments and fire departments check to make sure car seats are installed safely, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, many are not able to do so.

However, Carilion is offering providing safety checks, so if you would like to learn more about the Car Seat Safety Check 1:1 virtual education and/or schedule an online session, contact your local National Car Seat Safety Technician:

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