We've been looking at a lot of safety tips lately, but it's a good season for it. Here in Oregon,...
We've been looking at a lot of safety tips lately, but it's a good season for it. Here in Oregon, we've had a freak snow storm all week. We've basically been home bound for days and have another storm on the way. Yikes. I'm just glad the power has stayed on thus far (knock on wood). The worst part of snow is driving in it (to me). If you're going to be traveling by car, with your baby, and it's snowy and icy, make sure you follow these safety tips.
- Always carry a basic first aid kit, extra food and water, and some extra warm clothing and blankets in your car. If you break down it could get very cold before someone comes to your aid. If you really want to be on top of it, read, What should be in your emergency kit.
- Never place a blanket under your baby's infant car seat straps. On that same note, don't dress your baby in an over-sized winter coat or snowsuit and then strap him in. No matter how cold it is, your baby won't be secure in his car seat if there are layers of fabrics between him and the straps. A better option is to place a blanket over him (over the car seat straps).
- A good way to keep your baby warm, without compromising his safety in the car seat is with a warm winter hat, socks, and baby mittens.
- Make sure your cell is fully charged before heading out. You might not get service if weather is bad, but it's a shame to be able to get service if you need it, but your battery dies.
- Carry chains with you. If weather is bad enough, some roads hold chain checks. You won't get where you're going without them, not to mention, it's safer.
- Learn how to drive safely in winter weather.
- Stay home! If it's too icky to drive, just don't.