A must-read: car seat summer safety

As temperatures climb during these hot summer months, our Parkview child passenger safety technicians want to remind you of extra steps you should take when transporting your little ones. We asked Leslie Miller, RN, IBCLC, CPST-I, birth planner and child passenger safety technician, Parkview Hospital Randallia, for her best tips for keeping children safe this season.

When children are left alone in a vehicle, tragedy can happen. Deaths, while accidental, are always preventable. Here are some helpful tips to make sure it doesn’t happen to your family:

  • Never leave a child alone in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down or the air conditioning on. A child’s body temperature can rise three to five times faster than an adult’s. A core body temperature of 107 degrees is lethal.
     
  • Always look in both the front and back of the vehicle before locking the door and walking away.
     
  • Place a briefcase, purse or cell phone next to the child’s car seat so that you’ll always check the back seat before leaving the car.
     
  • Never let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them a vehicle is not a play area.
     
  • TAKE ACTION if you notice a child alone in a car! Protecting children is everyone’s business.

 

Child Passenger Safety Technicians at Parkview Hospital Randallia, Parkview Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Parkview Whitley Hospital are accepting appointments to check and make the necessary adjustments to your car seat. In addition, our technicians can answer any questions you may have about car seat safety. Visit www.parkview.com/carseatsafety for more information.

Additional car seat safety resources can be found at:

 

*In partnership with Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, brought to you by Parkview.

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