round this time of the year our family and friends come together to share joy, laughter, and company. As a result, it is one of the busiest times for traveling. At KID, we want to make your holiday season a little safer- especially if you are hosting grandchildren in your home. Here are 3 reminders to ensure a safe season:
- Before hopping into the car with grandkids, make sure you have an age appropriate and non–recalled car seat. There have been several car seat recalls this year. Double-check that your car seat has not been recalled by visiting NHSTA and go to the Safe Kids page to make sure you are using the right seat. Also, did you know a heavy coat could make a car seat restraint less effective? Check out this article on how to make them work equally and effectively.
- Bare is Best! Remember to practice safe sleep in your home by having your grandbaby sleep alone in a crib or play yard and keep the baby’s sleep space empty. See more safe sleep tips here. Also, make sure the crib you are using meets the most current federal safety standards– older, hand-me-down cribs probably won’t.
- When picking out and packing the toys up for those car rides, read the label to make sure they are age appropriate for all your grandchildren. Keep an eye out if your grandchild gets a hold of a toy not meant for them, especially small magnets/parts that can cause a choking hazard or ingestion hazard.
KID wants to be your safety resource wherever you go, whatever the time of year. We are constantly updating our Facebook and Twitter to inform you of any recalls that may occur and other safety tips. You can also access KidsInDanger.org through your mobile phone and check recalls on the go.