Are Your Children Riding Safely in Your Vehicle?
Most parents believe that they have installed their children's car seats properly, however statistics (and my own experience) show that 3 out of 4 are actually installed and/or used incorrectly in some way! The best way to be sure your children are as safe as possible is to meet with a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). I provide one-on-one car seat education and installation instruction at YOUR convenience and location around the central Houston area.
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Who is this lady who is Crazy For Car Seats?
I've always been passionate about child passenger safety, and once my kids got a little older I got the opportunity to become certified as a CPST. I was the lone "crazy mom" in a class full of nurses and first responders, who was taking the class just for fun.
Why should I pay for a seat check?
You don't have to! I regularly refer families to the various Safe Kids Greater Houston Inspection Stations, however I've found that the limited appointment times offered don't work for everyone's schedule. While I do volunteer as much as possible at SKGH community check events and at their Medical Center inspection station, my fee allows me to come to your house on a weekend, evening, or during nap time! It's a lot easier to deal with a diaper explosion when you're in your own driveway. However I will never turn a caregiver away if they need my help.
Can't I just go to the fire station?
Not in the City of Houston, you can't! There are a few suburban fire departments who have CPSTs on staff, and who are set up as inspection stations through Safe Kids Greater Houston, but HFD will refer you directly to SKGH. In other cases (and other cities), a firefighter may want to be helpful, but not actually be certified or be up to date on the most recent information. Ask to see their Tech Card to be sure!
Will you install my seat for me?
While I am trained as a CPST to be able to install car seats properly, I offer an educational service and not an installation service. I will show you how to correctly install a car seat in your vehicle, then walk you through your own proper install. My goal is to leave you with the knowledge to remove and reinstall your seats at any time, so you can make adjustments as your kids grow, and so can find those items that you'd thought were long lost but were actually just hiding under the car seat.
HOWEVER, if I'm working with an expectant mom who is close to her due date, or a grandparent who may not be physically capable of installing a seat on their own, I will install. In these cases I recommend taking any needed pictures or videos that might be helpful in the future.
We met with Megan today and she was extremely helpful & informative (and nonjudgmental!). Learned some new things about our seats & their requirements, plus tips about install. Definitely recommend! -EP