AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Lindsey Kinard is the first and only nurse at BSA Hospital to obtain National Child Passenger Safety Certification.
“I have a long-term history as a labor and delivery nurse, so car seat safety is something that I was really passionate about. I also have three small children of my own,” said Kinard who works in Patient Safety and Risk Management at BSA Hospital.
Many of the car seat safety checks performed by the hospital so far have been for expectant mothers, but it’s open to anyone.
“We offer the services to check anybody’s car seat, so if we have patients that are discharging from pediatrics and they have questions about if the car seat is appropriate for their child, we can check anyone,” said Kinard.
Kinard said there are a few common mistakes parents make when it comes to installing car seats.
“The car seat is not in the car tight enough, that the child is not strapped in the car seat appropriately the straps aren’t where they’re supposed to be to keep the child safe if they were in a collision,” she said. “And then using expired seats. A lot of people do not know that car seats have an expiration on them.They are in the extreme heats and the cold and so they do have an expiration date.”
Northwest Texas Hospital and TxDOT also provide car seat safety checks.
“For people who are about to have a baby and for those who have kids that got stopped by a police officer because they didn’t know that kid at six-years-old still needs to be in a booster seat by law,” said Traffic Safety Specialist at TxDOT Amarillo Laviza Matthews.
TxDOT even has a warehouse of car seats for families that need them.
Matthews believes it’s important to have these safety checks at hospitals too to better prepare and educate new mothers and families.
“That’s at the very beginning of that baby’s life,” she said. “So let’s start from the very beginning to get it right so that we don’t continue to make mistake after mistake in the way that we put a car seat in or the way that we put a kiddo in the car seat.”
Car seat safety checks at BSA Hospital can be made by appointment by calling (806) 212-5330.
“We’ve had people call just with common questions of, you know, ‘Am I doing this right?’,” said Kinard. “But it’s great that people are out there, they’re interested, they’re curious, they want to make sure they’re keeping their kiddos safe. And so I’m so glad that BSA has the knowledge now that we can provide those resources.”