Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights for 09/10/2019 Did You Know? September 15-21, 2019 is National Child Passenger Safety Week. The goal is to make sure your child is in the correct car seat, that it’s properly installed, used correctly, and that it’s registered with the manufacturer to ensure you receive important safety updates. Some studies have shown that approximately 75% of child safety seats are not installed correctly. If you are an expectant parent, give yourself enough time to learn how to properly install the car safety seat in your car before your baby is born to ensure a safe ride home from the hospital. Car seat information is easy to find, but often it’s difficult for parents and caregivers to decide which seat is best for their child. Follow these tips to ensure your child is in the right seat: Choose the correct direction: Rear or forward facing? https://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/ Know your car seat’s history. Seats that have been involved in a crash should be discarded. Check the label to make sure the seat is appropriate for your child’s age, weight, and height. Determine if a tether is necessary. Most forward facing seats require these now. https://www.safekids.org/blog/new-research-car-seat-tethers-released As your child grows, continually re-evaluate the type of car seat that is best for them. https://www.safekids.org/interactive/car-seat-booster-seat-or-seat-belt-where-does-your-kid-fit Make sure your car seat is installed properly and used every time your child takes a ride. Visit our website to learn more about car seat safety and to schedule a car seat installation appointment with the North Shore Health Department or North Shore Fire Rescue: https://www.nshealthdept.org/CarSeatSafety.aspx To make an appointment through Milwaukee Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, call 414-231-4896. Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.