FARGO, N.D. -- Sanford Health childcare educators say the weather should serve a reminder that winter jackets don't always work with car seats.
The extra room between the straps and a child leaves more chance of ejection during a crash.
Instead, use a blanket after your child is strapped in. Thin fleece clothing works, too, as well as turning a winter jacket backwards so their arms are in still in the sleeves.
The extra time it may take to get adjusted could save a life.
"Taking those extra two to three minutes to take them out of their jacket and putting them in their car seat so they're in for a safe ride is always the best option," said Katie Reiners, Community Life Educator with Sanford.
Sanford's Safety Shoppe holds car seat checks every Tuesday and Thursday. You're asked to call or go online to reserve a spot.