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When should my child move from a booster seat to a seat belt?

Booster seat

A question I often get fromparents is when their child should move from a booster seat to a seat belt.

Kansas law states that children must be in a booster seat until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall, 80 pounds or 8 years of age.

As a safety advocate, I recommend that children meet all three of those requirements. 

Chilling video about texting and driving wins local contest

Teen texting

Congratulations to Hannah Buller, Emma Darrow and Yahaira Rutiaga, students at Goddard High School, who recently won a video contest through the southcentral region of the Kansas Trauma Program.

The video, available below, is a chilling reminder of the dangers associated with texting and driving.

The Kansas Trauma Program is a partnership between public and private organizations to address the treatment and survival of critical injuries throughout the state.

When it comes to kids in hot cars, it's important to ACT

Hot cars

With the severe hot weather just starting to ramp up, we've already had 15 children in the US die from being left in hot vehicles.

Safe Kids Wichita Area Coalition uses the acronym “ACT” to educate parents and caregivers about the dangers of hot vehicles.

A is to avoid heat stroke. We never want to leave our children alone in a car for any length of time. The temperature in a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. Keeping the windows open a crack or parking in the shade won’t stop the vehicle from heating up.

Keep medication up and away from children

medication safety

Safe Kids Worldwide recently released a new research report that found kids are getting into medicine at an alarming rate.

Every minute of every day, a poison control center receives a call about potential medicine poisoning for a child age 5 and under. And 64,000 times each year, or every eight minutes, a young child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning. This is a 30 percent increase over the past 10 years.

Do you buckle up every trip, every time?

Seat belt

I know most of you are saying “I already do that,” and that is great news, but read on to learn just a little more about seat belts and see if you are using them correctly. Seat belt usage in the U.S. has reached an all-time high with 86 percent of us buckling up. Even with these increasing usage rates, there were 33,561 people who died and 2.36 million people injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. So just why do we need seat belts and what do they do anyway?

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