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    Car Safety Seats: Is Your Child Safe?

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Insurance

    Mon, Feb 27, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

    Keep your children safe in proper car seats and with auto from andrew gordon in insurance norwell maOne of the most underrated topics in Auto safety is child safety, especially in regard to car seats. Before you even begin to read about safety tips, be sure you are following the two foundational axioms of Car Seat Safety:

    1. Children are almost always safer when in the back than in the front.
    2. Children MUST be in a car seat appropriate for their HEIGHT and WEIGHT.

    Using a car seat correctly is one of the best ways to prevent injury to your child. However, incorrect usage is very common, and even a minor mistake in how the seat is used can translate to serious injury in the event of an accident.

    (List courtesy of the insurance information institute)

    1. Never put an infant in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger air bag.
    2. Route harness straps in lower slots at or below shoulder level.
    3. Keep harness straps snug and fasten the clip at armpit level.
    4. Make sure the straps lie flat and are not twisted.
    5. Dress your baby in clothes that allow the straps to go between the legs. Adjust the straps to allow for the thickness of your child’s clothes. Do not use bulky clothes that could increase slack in a crash.
    6. To keep your newborn from slouching, pad the sides of the seat and between the child’s legs with rolled up diapers or receiving blankets.
    7. Put the car seat carrying handle down when in the car.
    8. Infants must ride in the back seat facing the rear of the car. This offers the best protection for your infant’s neck.
    9. Recline the rear-facing seat at a 45-degree angle. If your child’s head flops forward, the seat may not have reclined enough. Tilt the seat back until it is level by wedging firm padding such as a rolled towel, under the front of the base of the seat.
    10. All new car seats are now required to come equipped with top tether straps. A tether strap is a belt that is attached to the car seat and bolted to the window ledge or the floor of the car. They give extra protection and keep the car seat from being thrown forward in a crash. Tether kits are also available for most older car seats. Check with the manufacturer to find out how to get a top tether for your seat. Install it according to instructions. The tether strap may help make some seats that are difficult to install fit more tightly.

    Protect your childrens lives with proper car seating and auto from andrew gordon inc norwell maDo not use a car seat if any of the following apply:

    1. It is too old. Look on the label for the date it was made. If made before January 1981, the seat may not meet strict safety standards and its parts are too old to be safe. Some manufacturers recommend using seats for only 6 years.
    2. It does not have a label with the date of manufacture and model number. Without these, you cannot check on recalls.
    3. It has been in a crash. If so, it may have been weakened and should not be used, even if it looks all right.
    4. It does not come with instructions. You need the instructions to know how to install and use the car seat properly. Do not rely on the former owner’s instructions. Get a copy of the manual from the manufacturer.
    5. It has cracks in the frame of the seat.
    6. It is missing parts. Used seats often come without important parts. Check with the manufacturer to make sure you can get the right parts.

    To find out if your child safety seat has been recalled, you can call the Auto Safety Hotline ( 888-DASH-2-DOT ). If the seat has been recalled, be sure to follow the instructions for the recall or to get the necessary parts. You should also get a registration card for future recall notices from the Hotline.

    When to switch your child to a regular seatbelt:

    Keep your child in a car seat for as long as possible. When he or she is big enough, make sure that seat belts in your car fit your child correctly. The shoulder belt should lie across the shoulder, not the neck or throat. The lap belt must be low and flat across the hips, not the stomach. The child’s knees should bend easily over the edge of the vehicle seat. Seat belts are made for adults. If the seat belt does not fit your child correctly, he or she should stay in a booster seat until the belt fits.

    Never tuck the shoulder belt under the child’s arm or behind his or her back and use lap belts only as a last resort. Try to get a lap-shoulder belt installed in your car if it doesn’t already have one. If you must use a lap belt, make sure it is worn tight and low on the hips, not across the stomach.

    Corbin Foucart

    Tags: auto, safety, insurance, infant, air bag, child, seat, booster, belt, car, tips, injury, baby

    The Perfect Baby Shower Gift

    Posted by Marge Libby

    Mon, Apr 01, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

    Get the perfect baby shower gift with andrew g gordon inc insuranceMy sister and I have never been very fond of shopping off or gift registries – where’s the creativity or challenge in that? For years we have ignored these lists when shopping for baby showers and instead have worked together to begin building a library to welcome the new baby.  There are so many books we love, but here are a few of our favorites.

    • My Big Animal Book by Roger Priddy – This is more than just a great animal picture book. It has wonderful rhyming text and includes such animals as the chinchilla and kookaburra. Yes, even the parents will learn something new!
    • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram - An incredibly sweet book without being too syrupy. In these few pages you will find a positive love message for a child about how limitless their parents’ love truly is. This is simply a wonderful bedtime message to sleep on. However, be warned – this has become such a classic that I once went to a shower where the mom-to-be received four copies!
    • Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williams – We all know that children go through phases of reading the same book over and over and over again. This delightful Caldecott Honor winner will keep the parents laughing as well. This is also a great book for beginner readers.
    • On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman – This book begins, “"On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, `Life will never be the same,' Because there had never been anyone like you...ever in the world.”  The story expresses how special and unique your child is and how the whole world celebrated when they were born.  The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and Ms. Tillman’s artwork adorns the walls of many children’s bedrooms.
    • If you’re looking for quick reads that adults and children will enjoy – you can’t beat Sandra Boynton!  Her books contain bright colorful illustrations, lovable characters along with funny, dancing and rhyming text – a joy for children of all ages!  Blue Hat, Green Hat is indeed a book about colors but it’s much more than that.  It also teaches articles of clothing and how to get dressed and how NOT to get dressed – the turkey never seems to get it quite right! You may find you and your child saying “Oops!” quite often, and laughing every time!  Another Boynton favorite is Pajama Time. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing and singing when you get ready for bed - "Pajammy to the left! Pajammy to the right! Jamma jamma jamma jamma P! J!"
    • The Twelve Gifts of Birth – This book reminds us that these twelve gifts belong to every child at birth: strength, beauty, courage, compassion, hope, joy, talent, imagination, reverence, wisdom, love and faith. This is a message that resonates with all ages. This would be a wonderful gift for anyone you love for any occasion, a baptism or christening – even graduation! Be sure to take the time to inscribe the book with the date along with a special message. This is a keepsake book which will be treasured for years, and it definitely belongs in every home!

    Feel free to post your favorite children's book in the comments below! In the meantime, if you have any questions about our forte, insurance, click the button below!

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    Marge Libby

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