I had the joy of officially meeting Briley DeLeeuw and her little son Jude, to talk about certified car seat safety.
I heard through M'liss Edwards, Deputy Mayor of Morrin, Alberta, that there are 6 certified car seat technicians in Drumheller and the surrounding area, herself included, and M'liss mentioned that Briley is certified also. I was instantly interested because I didn't know that this kind of committee even existed.
I thought to myself, "Hey, I talk to Briley on Facebook, and she and I passed the baton back and forth over the Christmas Season, to look after our mutual friend, Ava Wheeler's fur babies while she was in Seattle with her family. What a golden opportunity to meet her".
So, I jumped at the favorable occasion to meet her and talk about car seat safety. After discussing where to meet, and being last minute, and having to pack up a little one, just to see me, I grabbed her "Cup O' Sunshine", (a latte from Mc D's), We met in the Canadian Tire parking lot.
Briley explained to me that the car seat technicians are available at any time to do car seat checks and answer any questions or concerns. They also can help you buy the right seat for your child, install it or check if you've installed it yourself, but are unsure if it's correct or safe.
There are so many models of car seats available and can be so confusing to purchase one. Things to take into consideration are, how old your child is, weight, and height, and the make and model of your vehicle.
The car seat technicians can also help you find the right seat to fit your budget and adjust the harnesses so that they are nice and tight.
I also learned that if there is a vehicle accident and a car seat is involved in the accident, the seat needs to be replaced immediately. Tell your insurance company about the car seat, and they will usually replace it.
As a general rule, winter coats should not be worn underneath a car seat harness because that can leave the harness too loose to be effective in a crash. For a bigger child, after securing him or her in the car seat, turn the coat around and put it on backward (with arms through the armholes), so the back of the coat serves as a blanket resting on top of the harness. For smaller children, put a blanket over them to keep them warm.
The best place to make an appointment with a technician is the Facebook website page called "Drumheller and Area Car Seat Safety Technicians".