The fire station had open house this weekend. I took Lucas and he totally loved it.
Of course he did.
At first he was a little timid, but he warmed up pretty quickly. We saw the helicopters, he sat in the fire truck, we blew out a flame with a fire extinguisher and he used the water hose to spray down a cone.
Oh my word I love this kid. He amazes me every day.
Sparky the fire dog (is that his name?) came up and scared the crap out of Lucas. I told him he was just a man in a costume, but I don’t think he understood. Seriously, what better way to confuse a toddler. Kids are smart, they know things like a huge dog or a scary bunny is not real. That would be weird.
They were also doing car seat inspections, and because it was free and we were already there, I decided what the heck. I didn’t think anything was wrong with our seats, but I knew it couldn’t hurt. Plus, it was super easy to do because the boys could just stay in their seats while the fireman guy checked them out.
I don’t want to brag or anything, but I am pretty pleased. He told me that our car seats were in perfectly and that I was in the minority. He was like, “this is the easiest and fastest inspection I have done in a long time!” He said something like 97% of the people he see’s either have their seats installed incorrectly or have kids in the seat wrong — like straps too lose, buckles not at armpit level, front face too early, etc. I don’t know if that statistic is true, but it made me happy!
Now, if (and when) people say the straps are too tight and I’m “hurting” my kids, I can say the professionals told me it was right. So THERE! Ha. 🙂
Here are a couple things the “car seat inspector” told me that I feel compelled to pass on to you.
- The buckle should be laying flat across their chest at armpit level.
- You should not be able to pinch the straps at the collarbone. If you can, it’s too loose. Pull it tighter. Obviously, don’t pull it too tight- they need to be able to take a deep breath easily.
- 1 year is the minimum for rear facing. Check your seat and it will tell you at what height/weight you need to turn it around for forward facing.
- Check online to see if your car seat has been recalled.