Coats and car seats could be dangerous combination this winter
As temperatures drop, putting kids in winter coats in their car seats could be dangerous. An expert with Norton Healthcare has tips to stay safe this winter.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As temperatures begin to drop, parents might be tempted to bundle up their kids. But if you're putting them in car seats in winter coats, it could be dangerous.
Kinzie Evrard with Norton Healthcare showed WDRB the potential danger.
When a child is wearing a winter coat, it may feel like they are strapped snugly into a car seat. But once the coat is removed, you can see the straps are actually dangerously loose. Evrard says parents should remove their child's coat before putting him or her in the the car seat to ensure they are strapped in snugly.
She warns coats, especially the “puffy” style, are likely to create extra space between the harness and the child, putting the child at risk for injury or death in an accident.
If you're worried about keeping your kid warm in the car, Evrard says instead of putting the coat on the child, you can put the coat over him or her to keep the child warm or keep a blanket in the car.
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