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by Erin Griffeth, community services coordinator, Cache County Sheriff’s Office 

Hurry, hurry, hurry! There is so much to do: grocery shopping, music lessons, basketball practice, dinner, laundry, clean house, bedtime routines and sleep. Wouldn’t you love to not have to hurry from place to place and task to task? There may be shortcuts we use when accomplishing what we need to do and getting where we need to go. But there is one shortcut you DON’T want to take: proper car seat use.

Safe Kids Worldwide has provided car seat safety tips to keep in mind when traveling with your children:

  • Choose the right seat. Check the label on your car seat to make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age, weight and height.
  • Choose the right direction. Children should sit in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible, usually until they are 2 years old. When your child outgrows their seat, move them to a forward-facing car seat.
  • Use the inch test. A properly installed car seat will not move more than one inch when you shake it at the base.
  • Use the pinch test. After your child is placed in their car seat with the harness buckled, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing, you’re good to go.
  • Sit in the right place. All children should sit in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.
  • Buckle up. Your children learn by watching others. Be a good example and buckle up.

It’s not practical to keep our children bundled in bubble wrap to avoid injury, but proper car seat use is one way we can protect our children. Don’t take shortcuts when it comes to your child’s safety.