- What is the training like?
Training was far more intense than I could imagine. We learned about all the various seat belt options in cars, vans etc. Then we learned about rear facing car seats, convertible seats, combination seats and then high back boosters and boosters. The heights and weights for each, how to secure them in the vehicle and how to safely secure the child in the seat. On the fifth and final day we had to put various seats in a variety if vehicles. Yes, it was 5 day course with police, sheriff deputies, firefighters and school bus personnel.
- What are some common issues/mistakes that new parents experience?
Common mistakes include not having the 5-point harness snug and positioned correctly, turning a toddler forward facing too early, allowing a child who cannot sit well in the car to use the regular seat belt, which also needs to be fitted properly. Placing items, toys mirrors etc in the seat that are not tested by the car seat manufacturers.
- How do you see your role in assisting parents as an educator?
Primarily, I am teaching parents how to use the seats and thus keep their child as safe as possible should they be in a collision.
With cooler weather on the horizon, there a few points to keep in mind. For adults, children and babies NO bulky clothing or costs should be worn in the car. For children, who can be wearing hats and gloves , buckle them in their harness, then add blankets or put their coat on them backwards. Thus, they can pull it off when they get hot, but also, you have the coat once you arrive at the park etc.
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