Story by: Norton Children’s on December 4, 2019
Holiday travel can be filled with a lot of fun memories for kids — road trips with the entire family, visits to their grandma’s and grandpa’s house and more. Before families hit the road this holiday season, Safe KidsLouisville, led by Norton Children’s Hospital,wants to remind parents and caregivers about some simple tips to keep kids safe while traveling.
Holiday travel brings a risk of injuries in a variety of areas. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States. Meanwhile, child safety seats used correctly can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%.
“For many families, holiday time usually includes traveling to visit friends or relatives,so we want every family to know the simple things they can do to stay safe in and around cars,”said Kinzie Evrard, Safe Kids Louisville coordinator. “On the way to the destination, we want to remind families to think about things like proper seat belts, distractions on the road and weather concerns so that holiday travel will be fun and safe for the whole family.”
If you need help installing your safety seat or would like a certified car seat technician to check whether you’ve installed it properly, Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness offers year-round car seat checks. Registration is required.
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Safe KidsLouisville, led by Norton Children’s Hospital,recommends the following holiday travel tips: