Stow That Top Tether Strap!

Don’t leave a tether strap hanging! A tether strap may have a long tail to accommodate anchors that are far from the vehicle seat. Be sure to appropriately bundle and store the excess so it doesn’t get caught hanging outside of the vehicle or create a strangulation hazard for a child.

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Three Across Update

Installing three car seats in one row, also known as three across, is one of the biggest challenges a growing family can face when it comes to car seats. The words “three across” might send fear down the spine of any caregiver or CPST, but they don’t have to!

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A Chemist’s Guide to Car Seats

Sucrose, glutamic acid, isoleucine, arginine, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, phytosterols, ethyl ethanoate, 3-methylbutyraldehyde, pentanal, methyl butyrate, octene, hexanal, styrene, nonane, non-1-ene, benzaldehyde, butylated hydroxytoluene, and methyl paraben. Would you give a product containing these ingredients to your child?

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Keeping Yourself Safe, Too!

If you’ve ever flown on an airplane, you’ve heard the flight attendant instructions to put the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting your child or other passengers. It should be no different when you are in a vehicle. You’ve done the research and made sure your children and passengers are properly restrained, but are you?

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Choosing a New Vehicle

Vehicle shopping is a daunting task. Many times, the sales staff descends upon you as soon as you enter the lot. If you need to quickly replace a vehicle, shopping can be even more stressful. If you are not in a time crunch, you have more time to weigh options. Two of the last three times we’ve chosen a new vehicle, we didn’t have the luxury of time. As a family of seven, any old vehicle won’t do and when our main vehicle died a painful, unexpected death, we were suddenly living in a world of hurt.

Whether you have two weeks or two hours to make the decision, here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a new vehicle.

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What’s in your CPST Kit?

What’s in your tech kit? It’s a popular question that Child Passenger Safety Technicians ask one another, so thought I would go through a tour of what I carry in my tech bag. A little background: I’ve been a CPST since 2010, and I’m about to be confirmed as an Instructor. I work for the fire department and I do a couple dozen checks a month. I have a storage trailer that contains my large backup of supplies, but here is what is in the bag that lives in my trunk and travels with me to every check.

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Child Passenger Safety Technicians: How to Recertify

So you’re a CPST now, congratulations! For most technicians, the first year or so is really about getting your feet wet. You’re getting the hang of working with parents and understanding different seats and vehicles. Once the initial class is complete, recertification can seem to be a ways down the road; until all of a sudden it’s two months before the expiration date and an email pops up reminding you to recertify.

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