W.H.A.L.E. CHECK Program
Welcome to W.H.A.L.E. (We Have A Little Emergency) Check, Florida’s child passenger safety program. Our widely popular and nationally recognized W.H.A.L.E. Check campaign continues as a highly requested and distributed piece on important child occupant protection and car seat safety. W.H.A.L.E. Check is made available statewide as a digital download courtesy of District Two.
W.H.A.L.E. Check is a child passenger safety education and identification program for parents and caregivers. In the event of an automobile crash, children are often too young to identify themselves or provide helpful information. Parents/guardians are encouraged to complete the sticker and place on the back of the child’s car seat to provide vital contact information for emergency personnel. They are to stick the two smaller labels on each side of the car seat. These alert rescuers that the occupant is participating in W.H.A.L.E. Check.
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.
Click here to download a social media graphic to help promote the W.H.A.L.E. Check program.
Watch this short informational video about the W.H.A.L.E. Check program:
The W.H.A.L.E. Check informational flyer also includes great child safety seat tips and guidelines! There are five smart safety tips to help prevent injuries in case of a car crash:
- WEAR YOUR SAFETY BELT: Studies show that if you wear your seat belt, your kids will too.
- Follow Manufacturer’s instructions: Always check the manual for both your
car and the child safety seat for proper installation guidelines.
- Seat strapped in tight: You should not be able to move the car seat more than one inch
in any direction at the belt path, and always use the top tether when forward facing.
- Chest clip at armpit level & Harness Snug: Straps should be tight enough
so that you cannot pinch the fabric of the harness at the shoulders.
- Back Seat is Safest: Children age 13 and under should ride in the back seat.
Older children no longer need a special seat if their legs bend comfortably at the
seat’s edge with their back resting flat against the back of the seat.
We follow these American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations and want all children safeguarded in the right car seat!
- Birth – 12 Months: Babies under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.
- 1 – 3 Years: Toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat with a harness as long as possible – until they reach the top height or weight limit of the seat, typically around 35 to 45 pounds.
- 4 – 7 Years: Young children should ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until they reach the top height or weight limit of the seat – typically between 40 and 60 pounds.
- 8 – 12 Years: Children should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lies snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach, and the shoulder belt lies snug across the shoulder and chest, not over the neck or face.