Welcome to North Shore Health Department The North Shore Health Department Highlights for 3/28/2017 Did You Know? Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. But many of these deaths can be prevented. Buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half. Seventy-three percent of car seats are not being used correctly so it’s important for every parent to make sure their car seats and booster seats are used and installed properly. Car seat safety is very important but also required by law. Wisconsin law requires the following: Rear-facing infant seat-until the child is both 1 year and 20lbs Forward-facing seat- must stay in harness until 4 years and 40lbs Booster seat-can move into booster at 4 years and 40lbs and can move out when they have reached 8 years or 80lbs or 4’9” SafeKids Worldwide reminds parents to keep their kids in their current car seat for as long as they can—until their child reaches the maximum weight or height listed on the car seat label. That includes leaving infants rear-facing beyond one year. Every step forward reduces safety just a bit! To learn about best practice for car seats visit the following link: https://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/basic-tips/when-to-change/ Have questions or feeling unsure about whether you have the seat installed correctly? Schedule a car seat/booster seat installation check at: www.NSFire.org. You can also visit us at our monthly car seat clinic at the North Shore Fire Department (NSFD) Brown Deer station, done in partnership with NSFD and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The clinics are held from 9:00 - 11:30 am the second Wednesday of each month. Walk-ins are welcome; however, an appointment can also be made with Children’s Hospital Central Scheduling at 414-607-5280. Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.