The holiday season is on its way which means extra travel for many people. Here are some travel safety tips to remember any time of the year.
Before leaving home, familiarize yourself with the child passenger safety laws for where you are traveling. However, regardless of the state laws, follow “best practice” for use of car seats and booster seats. For example, a state may require only children under 4 to use car seats. The “best practice” is for a child less than 4’9” to be in a car seat or booster seat.
In general, car seats with an internal harness system can be used on airplanes. Check the label for FAA approval and check with the airline you are flying for restrictions. Children under age 2 are safer riding in a car seat than on your lap. Booster seats cannot be used on airplanes.
If you are planning activities make sure you think about the safety gear, including helmets that may be needed. Either pack them along or check to see if the appropriate sizes are available where you are going.
Consider packing “child-proofing” materials such as outlet plugs, blind cord wind-ups, cabinet locks and door knob covers.
Prepare an emergency kit for your car. Include a flashlight, first aid kit, jumper cables, blankets, water and non-perishable food.
Ensure you have packed all essential medications for you and your child. Leave medications in their designated bottles with child-proof caps.
When staying at a hotel or resort, familiarize yourself and your children with the fire escape plan. Know where the exits are located.
Remember hotel rooms and family and friends homes are not all “child-proof”.
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