Car Seat Safety Facts and Resources

Below are some quick facts when it comes to your child and their safety in your vehicle:

• Remember your child should always ride in the back seat, they are safer there.

• Correctly used car seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%.

• 73% of car seats are not used correctly.

• Children in booster seats and in the back seat are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash vs. those in just a seat belt.

• If your child out grows one of the car seats’ manufactured height and weight limits but they are not ready to transition to a different style car seat look for the same style car seat that has larger manufacture height and weight limits.

• Rear facing car seats are the safest place for your child as they protect their head, neck, and spine. Keep them there as long as possible according to manufacturing limits.

• Always use the instructions to install your car seat.


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Car Seat Options

There are so many different car seats to choose from; Infant, booster, convertible, high back booster, backless booster, and the list goes on. With all of these options, how do you know when to move your child to a different seat, and which one do you buy? Several things should be considered when choosing the right car seat for your child. The first thing to do is get your child’s age, height, and weight. Then compare that information to the manufactures height and weight limit that is stamped on the car seat.  You can keep your child in a particular car seat until they meet the max height and weight limits on the manufacture guidelines.

By visiting:, you can find a location near you that will help make sure that you have the proper car seat for your child and that it is installed properly.

If you would like a quick reference about; choosing the correct car seat for your child, instructions on how to install, and safety videos, download an App created by the American Academy of Pediatrics called “Car Seat Check”.

Is Your Child Safe in Your Vehicle?

73% of car seats are not used correctly! Do you think your child is safe in your vehicle? ThinkFirst can help you, September 14-20 is National Child Passenger Safety Week so we will be discussing some helpful hints for keeping your kids safe.

Don’t miss a good opportunity to get your child’s car seat checked on September 20, 2014 for National Car Seat Check Saturday.

You can find a location near you by visiting:

Come back between now and September 20, 2014 for more information on how to keep your child safe.


Help prevent vehicular heatstroke

At least 17 children have already died this year from vehicular heatstroke.

On July 31, National Heatstroke Prevention Day, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, Safe Kids and the Administration for Children and Families will try to raise awareness about the dangers of kids and hot cars.

Did you know:

  • On a hot day, a child’s temp heats up to 5 times faster than an adult’s does.
  • High body temperatures can cause permanent injury or even death.
  • 52% of kids who died from vehicular heatstroke were “forgotten” in the vehicle.
    In more than 29% of cases of fatal heatstroke, a child got into the vehicle on their own.
    Heatstroke deaths have happened even when vehicles were parked in shade and the temperatures were 80 degrees or less.
    If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
    If the child is in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly
    (not an ice bath but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose). Visit

Draw Down is drawing near


The eighth annual Draw Down is just three weeks away!

That means our staff, board members and volunteers are going into overdrive to make sure everything is ready for another great evening of food, fun and fundraising. On Wednesday we met to discuss last-minute details and distribute materials.

One highlight of the live auction: a custom-made pirogue!

Hope to see you there.

Think First Drive Smart targets teen drivers


Where do teens get their information? A lot of it comes from social media.

That’s why we created Think First Drive Smart, a safe driving campaign carried out on Facebook and Twitter. Its mission is to support young drivers as they learn to become safe drivers their parents will trust with the keys. TFDS was created by ThinkFirst of the Ark-La-Tex in partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

Check out our safety messages at and, then encourage any teens you know to follow us.