Arrigo Automotive Group posted several safety tips to consider when children are in or around your vehicle on its website.
Child safety is not just important when the vehicle is in motion – children can get hurt playing in or around a car parked in a driveway and when parents believe they are being cautious. One child may slam a car door on another child's fingers accidentally, or a tot can get entangled in a seat belt. These five tips will help keep safety a priority, all the time, the posting said.
Lock all seat belts that are not being used by buckling the belt, then pulling the shoulder strap all the way out, releasing it and allowing the belt to retract close to the seat. It should be tight enough to help prevent entanglement. If you need to use that seat belt, unbuckle it and it's ready to go.
Keep a pair of scissors or a seat-belt cutter in the glove compartment in case of emergency.
Do not leave young children inside the vehicle without adult supervision, even if the car is parked, the doors are open and an adult is nearby.
Teach children that a car is not a safe place to play, even when it is parked.
Show older children how to buckle seat belts properly and how to supervise younger siblings in the vehicle.