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Take Kids’ Coats Off Before Strapping Them into Car Seats

Posted: Monday, December 18th, 2017 at 6:26 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

With cold temperatures we’re bundling up and parents are getting kids into their winter coats and hats, but Katrina Altenhofen wants to remind parents the best practices for safe car rides.

Altenhofen is a state certified instructor and started the program in 1997 when she was the state’s director for emergency medical services for children. She reminds parents to always remove a child’s winter coat before strapping them into their car seats, “We always talk about those internal harness straps being snug to the child. Well, that’s wonderful during the summer months because they’ve got a t-shirt on, we’re not worried about coats but then we get winter with the big bulky coats. And if you think about it, you try to put those internal harnesses up and over those bulky coats you’re not having those harnesses snug to the child. So that creates a problem in the event of a crash since those harnesses are what actually holds the child into the child safety seat.” She advises once a child is using a booster seat that uses the car’s own seat belt system to protect them, they can keep their coats on.

For more safety tips on cars eats and booster seats listen to the Washington Page program with Altenhofen here.