Safe Journey Warns Car Seats And Winter Coats Are A Dangerous Winter Mix

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bulky winter coats and car seats are a dangerous combination, says representatives of Safe Journey at the Hamilton County Sheriff's office. Car seat professionals advise to put nothing thicker than a sweatshirt on a child under the harness straps of the car seat.  

In the event of a crash, the bulky material of a winter coat could compress, creating slack in the harness straps. When the harness straps are not snug on the child, the straps are not able to do their job of helping the child come to a gentle stop in a crash. It is even possible that the child could slip through the harness straps due to the slack and come out of the car seat during a crash. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends buckling a child in the car seat wearing indoor clothing, then placing a blanket over the child for warmth, or placing the child’s winter coat on the child backwards after securing the harnesses.  

A car seat is designed to protect a child in the event of a crash. People must use the car seat correctly, following all of the manufacturer’s recommendations, in order for the car seat to perform properly. 

For more information call Safe Journey at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at 893-3503, option 3 or attend one of Safe Journey’s car seat checkpoints. The schedule is available at hcsheriff.gov, under the uniform services tab. 

Safe Journey is a project funded through the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.




BlueCare Tennessee Hosts Faith, Fitness And Family Health Fair June 2

BlueCare Tennessee will partner with Chattanooga area church leaders to host a Faith, Fitness and Family Health Fair on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at East Side Elementary School, 1603 Lyerly St. in Chattanooga. The event, which is free and open to the public, offers a variety of health education and screenings. Blood pressure and body mass index screenings will be ... (click for more)

Breathe Easy Mobile Lung CT Coach To Visit Hamilton County

CHI Memorial’s mobile lung CT coach will provide computerized tomography (CT) screenings at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga on Sunday, June 3 from 1-4 p.m.; Bessie Smith Cultural Center on Monday, June 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fraternal Order of Eagles on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Life Care Center of Hixson on Friday, June 29 from noon-4 p.m. "Lung cancer ... (click for more)

Donaldson Tells Jury He Shot Son-In-Law After Knife Was Pulled On Him; Medical Examiner Says Fatal Shot Was From 3 Inches Away

Glen Donaldson took the witness stand Thursday in the attempt to explain how two good friends ended up with one dead and the other facing a first-degree murder charge.   On the night of Dec. 29, 2016, he texted his son-in-law, Adam Levi, and arranged to pick up bed rails for his daughter, who had left items when she moved out of their house. After loading the rails, ... (click for more)

East Ridge Discussing New Animal Shelter, As Well As Field House At East Ridge High

Two new projects suggested by citizen groups dominated the discussion at the East Ridge City Council meeting  Thursday night. Because they were not published on the agenda, no decisions could be made, but the council was in agreement that more consideration was merited about the city building a new animal shelter and dog park, and for building a field house for athletics at ... (click for more)

Speaking Of A Cove

Mr. Sole Commissioner Whitfield,   I live in  a cove in western most Chattanooga. My back yard is woods. My front yard is woodland too. My neighbors and I had chance to voice our disagreement in 1996 to the proposed sale of a portion of the farm that dominated this cove and we did. There weren’t very many of us. One member of the group that listened to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 'Don't Dare Endorse Me!'

When Joe Smith, a member of the Hamilton County School Board, met with officials of the UnifiEd political action committee on Tuesday, his instructions to his somber listeners were very specific. He told the leaders of the now-tainted education non-profit group. “Do not endorse me. I extended the courtesy of answering your questions … I am eager to do the right thing. But I am saying ... (click for more)