You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Clark health dept. helps with car seats

Many parents don’t have safety devices properly installed.


If you have a fire, you should turn to your local fire department. But if you have a car seat that needs to be installed, you should turn to Anita Biles.

Parents have routinely gone to firefighters to learn how to install car seats, but in Clark County they aren’t certified. However, Biles along with another employee at the Clark County Combined Health District, are certified technicians and can help install all models of car seats. While most seats come with instructions, Biles said most parents still don’t do it right.

“About 97 percent of the car seats that we see come through are secured improperly,” Biles said. “It’s really important that we help guide the parents rather than doing it for them. We show them how to do it, so when they install it the next time, they know what they’re doing.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than half the children who are injured or killed in auto accidents nationally are not properly restrained. This is especially imperative for infants. When a baby is properly buckled into a rear-facing car seat, the risk of receiving a fatal injury during a crash is reduced 71 percent, according to the administration.

Most of the time, Biles said parents do not have their car seats secured tight enough to the car seat, and the seat-belt straps are too loose around the child. A tight fit is what keeps them safe, she said. A car seat should move no more than an inch when shaken on the bottom, and you should not be able to fit more than one finger between the strap and the child after he or she is buckled. Also, she advises parents make sure the buckle rests along the child’s breastplate, not too close to the neck or their abdomen.

Often parents recall that they did not use car seats as children; however, Biles said there was much less traffic in years’ past and technology was different.

Due to new safety standards, infants should be placed in a rear-facing car seat for as long as the seat’s manufacturer allows, up to 30 pounds. When a child is at least one year old and 20 pounds, Biles said they can be placed in a front-facing convertible car seat. After a child reaches four years old and 40 pounds, a booster seat should be used. Children should sit in booster seats until they are at least eight years old or 4’9”, whichever happens first, according to federal guidelines.

Free assistance is available for car seat installation, but an appointment is needed. Call the health district at (937) 390-5600.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Texas parents concerned about bathroom cameras in park
Texas parents concerned about bathroom cameras in park

Concerned parents are questioning why cameras were installed in a public restroom at a Texas park. >> Read more trending news Patrick McGrath thought teenagers were joking about security video cameras mounted inside the bathrooms at the Springtown Park, until he saw them for himself, KDFW reported. "To see who's going in is what they're...
Disabled teenage girl denied trip to Disneyland
Disabled teenage girl denied trip to Disneyland

A 14-year-old California girl who attends a special education class was denied a chance to go to Disneyland on a school field trip because the bus transporting the students did not have a wheelchair lift, her parents claim.  >> Read more trending news Madison Wolanyk was born with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and autism and needs a wheelchair...
Mom writes school, says daughter is ‘done with homework’
Mom writes school, says daughter is ‘done with homework’

We know what you’re thinking: Where was this mom when we had stacks of homework to do as kids? >> Read more trending news Bunmi Laditan, a mother, author and blogger, sent an email to her 10-year-old daughter’s school, WJW reported, telling officials that “my kid is done with homework.” Laditan told teachers she is...
Commentary: Dairy cows or canaries?
Commentary: Dairy cows or canaries?

Those Wisconsin dairy cows at the center of another trade kettle now boiling between the United States and Canada, a friend suggests, aren’t really black-and-white Holsteins. They’re tiny, yellow canaries, he opines, and their tweets — not President Donald J. Trump’s — are a warning that America’s reign as the world&rsquo...
Woman accused of embezzling $9,000 one pizza at a time
Woman accused of embezzling $9,000 one pizza at a time

A Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, woman is accused of embezzling close to $9,000 from Mazzio’s Pizza. Officials said Diana Pruett managed to pull in the money one pizza at a time through refunds. A manager at the store discovered something suspicious with the number of returns and refunds. Police were called in. When they contacted Pruett, she reportedly...
More Stories