Could wearing a winter coat endanger your child?

winter coatA cold front is coming to Central Florida this weekend which means layered clothing and possible heavy jackets.  However, placing your child in a car seat while bundled up in a winter coat can be a major safety concern for your child.  When a child is wearing a winter coat, it may feel like they are strapped snugly into a car seat when the straps are actually dangerously loose.

Experts say to strap your child securely in their car seat without their coat on. Instead of putting the coat on your child, you can put the coat over the child to keep him or her warm, or you can use a blanket. The advice even applies to adults: Experts say they shouldn’t wear their winter coats when they’re behind the wheel or riding in a car.