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FREE car seat safety check for Salisbury parents

FREE car seat safety check for Salisbury parents

Published at 8:56am 27th February 2020. (Updated at 7:50am 3rd March 2020)

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If you're worried about your baby or child's car seat then an event today may help.

It'll take place at Salisbury Fire Station on Tuesday 3rd March and gives parents and carers a chance to have a free fitting and make sure their car seat is being used properly and is safe.

The event, which runs from 9.00am - 4.00pm, is being put on by Wiltshire Council, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue and Wiltshire Police.

Salisbury Fire Station Ashley Road
The checks will be carried out at Salisbury Fire Station

CHILD CAR SEATS - THE LAW

The law requires all children passengers to be in an appropriate child seat, with all seats displaying the weight, height and age of child they are suitable for. 

Children aged under 3 years must use a correct child seat in the front or back of the car; children aged 3-12 or under 135cm tall must use a correct car seat in the front and in the back where a seatbelt is fitted; children aged over 12 or more than 135cm tall must use a vehicle seatbelt.

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: 

"It's so important that car seats are fitted correctly, and that people check their vehicle handbook and the seat manufacturer's guidance to keep their children safe.

"Statistics show that children are more likely to be killed or seriously injured as vehicle passengers than as any type of other road user, so it is vital that people use the correct car seat to keep children safe.

"These free roadshows are a great way to get your car seats checked to ensure they're safely fitted, to give you piece of mind when on the road."

Car seat rear facing Hen
Are you using your car seat correctly?

TOP TIPS TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE IN THE CAR:

    • Always use the correct car seat for your child and vehicle, no matter how short your journey.
    • Check your vehicle handbook and the seat manufacturer's guidance to ensure that a seat is compatible with your vehicle.
    • Don't be tempted to use a second-hand car seat. It probably won't come with fitting instructions and you may not know how long it's been used for, how it's been looked after or if it's been in a collision.
    • Always follow the fitting instructions provided with the seat. Seats fitted using a vehicle's seatbelt have coloured guides to help - blue for rear-facing seats and red for front-facing.
    • If you have an Isofix seat, ensure the drop-down foot is securely on the floor and/or the top tether is firmly attached to the vehicle mounting point.
    • Don't rush to move your child into the next stage seat. As long as their head is still in the seat, it's safe. 
    • Ideally keep your child in a rear-facing seat until they are at least 15 months old or 13kg, as this is proven to be safer in frontal impacts.
    • If you are using a rear-facing seat in the front passenger seat, ensure you deactivate the airbag first.
    • Although you can still use a booster cushion without a back if you have one, they can no longer be sold for use by younger children. A booster seat with a full back will protect your child's upper body.
    • Check that the seat harness is tight enough by using the pinch test. Try to pinch the webbing together - if you can, it's not tight enough.
    • Remove thick coats before fastening the harness.
    • If you are using an infant carrier for a newborn, limit the amount of time they spend in the seat to no more than two hours at a time. If you're making a long journey, take regular breaks and take your baby out of the seat.
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