How to keep your child safe in the car

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – Your car seat can be a huge part of your child’s safety on the road.

HSHS Sacred Heart child seat technician and registered nurse Teresa DeMoe said kids eight and under should be in a car seat.

Wisconsin law says children under 40 pounds need to be in a regular car seat and those weighing 41 to 80 pounds should be in a booster seat.

Although it’s not law, professionals recommend that seat to be rear facing until the child is two years old.

DeMoe said children should remain seated and secure any time the car is in motion, whether it be a short trip to the store or a cross-country road trip.

She also tells parents to always use the instructions provided.

“We don’t want them to only look at the manual that comes with the carseat, we want them to look at the vehicle’s manual as well,” DeMoe said. “There’s usually multiple pages in the vehicle’s owner’s manual about infant seats and car seats and they should only install it by the way it’s recommended to be installed.”

To be positive your seat is used the best way, seek out a car seat technician at a hospital, police station or fire department.

As for the older kids, DeMoe said keep them in the back seat as long as possible, due to the power of the passenger seat airbag.

Mary Pautsch

Mary Pautsch

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