W.H.A.L.E. CHECK Program and Car Seat Crusaders are All About Child Passenger Safety (CPS)
W.H.A.L.E. (We Have A Little Emergency) CHECK is part of our FDOT Community Traffic Safety Team’s Child Passenger Safety Seat awareness campaign. Our W.H.A.L.E. CHECK program has been going strong for 20 years and is key to helping educate caregivers about the proper child safety seats.
The flyer also has safety tips that can help prevent injuries in the event of a motor vehicle crash. This is a special education and identification program for parents who have children in car seats.
The two sided handout includes an informational label for parents to fill out and adhere to their child’s car seat. In many cases children are too young to identify themselves in the event of an automobile crash. This can help provide emergency and hospital care personnel with vital information about the child, including special medical conditions, parent or guardian names and contact info.
Click here to download the W.H.A.L.E. CHECK as a one-page, printable PDF flyer to distribute at car seat checks, traffic safety events, daycare centers, pediatrician offices, government agencies and hospitals throughout Florida.
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Car Seat Crusaders – “On a mission to protect our children. Able to teach car seat installation in a single inspection.”
Car Seat Crusaders is the identity of our super car seat technicians that dedicate their time to help improve child passenger safety. Their knowledge of proper car seat installations, long hours of work during inspections and commitment to educating parents and caregivers is invaluable.
A special tip card and printable flyer was created to help bring awareness to Florida’s updated Child Restraint Law which went into effect January 1, 2015. Every motor vehicle operator in Florida is be required to use a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device for children until age 6.
Attention Parents and Caregivers – Be a Hero… Safeguard Your Child with the Right Car Seat!
Forward-Facing Seat: Your child should have a forward-facing seat with a harness until he or she reaches the manufacturer’s upper height or weight limit of the seat (typically 40-65 pounds).
Belt-Positioning Booster Seat: Protect your child with this seat until he or she is at least 4’9’’ (typically 8-12 years of age). Proper positioning of your car’s safety belt system is crucial in preventing or minimizing injury in case of a crash.
Lap and Shoulder Belts: Be sure the lap belt lies across the hips and the shoulder belt across the center of the shoulder and chest. Your child’s legs should bend comfortably at the seat’s edge, with his or her back resting flat against the back of the seat. Once the safety belt fits properly without a booster, your child no longer needs a special seat. All children under 13 should sit in the back seat.
Bookmarks with child passenger seat guidelines on one side and seat belt safety tips for drivers on the other are available to local libraries for patrons to receive free-of-charge.
Click here to download “The Adventures in… Car Seat Safety!” with the recommended CPS car seat guidelines in a printable PDF flyer.
KIDS: Be Smart. Buckle Up (and remind your parents and others in the car to buckle up too)! Check out our activity sheets for children.
RESOURCES – Child Passenger Safety
SRN Tools for CPSTs (click here) – Educational Materials for the Child Passenger Safety Field by Safe Ride News: