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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman Offers Car Seat Safety Classes
07/11/2011

KAUFMAN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman has launched the Child Automobile Safety Initiative, a new community-outreach program to educate local parents about the proper use of car seats and other safety tips when traveling with children.

“There are a few basic guidelines every parent should know, and that’s what we’re here for,” said Pat Jackson, community relations specialist at Texas Health Kaufman.

As part of the safety initiative, car seat checkups are being held at the hospital on the fourth Saturday of each month for local parents wanting more information about travel safety. The Child Automobile Safety Initiative also provides free seats to parents whose seats do not meet national safety guidelines.

“We think this is a great opportunity for young families to get the right information about car safety,” Jackson said. “We’re really excited about educating parents and making car travel safer for their children.”

Basic car seat recommendations for children:

  • Birth to 12 months
    Children under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.
  • 1 to 3 years
    Children should remain in rear-facing car seats until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by the seat’s manufacture. Once the child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, he or she is ready to travel in a forward-facing seat with a harness.
  • 4 to 7 years
    Children should stay in a forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by the seat’s manufacturer. Once children outgrow the forward-facing car seat, it’s time to travel in a booster seat.
  • 8 to 12 years
    Children should remain in a booster seat until they’re big enough (usually 4 foot 9 inches tall) to fit in the car’s seat with a properly-fitting seatbelt. For a seat belt to fit properly, the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.
  • And remember
    Children should still ride in the back seat until age 13 because it’s safer there.

For more information about the Child Automobile Safety Initiative at Texas Health Kaufman, or to sign up for one of the monthly safety classes, parents can call 1-877-THR-WELL.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women’s services, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation and pain management services. Texas Health Kaufman, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, was recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Kaufman.

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