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#childsafety | UW Health expert offers advice for keeping children safe while driving in winter weather | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) — As holiday weekend travel gets underway, an expert at UW Health in Madison is sharing some steps to keep children safe on the roads.

If you want to warm up your car before heading out for the day, try to move the car outside of the garage to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Then, ensure that the vehicle’s tailpipe is not blocked with snow or ice.

Vehicles should also be inspected to ensure any child’s car set or booster seat is installed correctly, while remembering that bulky clothing or winter coats will impact the fit of a safety harness on a child.

Rishelle Eithun, a UW Health pediatric injury prevention manager says, ” … but definitely making sure that when we’re traveling, they’re making sure they’re sitting up nice and tall, and they’re not falling to the window to take a nap, those are you know some of those risks we try to stay away from if we could.”

Experts also warn parents to never leave a child alone inside of a running car.

When it comes to packing luggage or gifts, try to place them in the trunk or secure them tightly, to prevent them from becoming hazardous in the unfortunate event of a crash.

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