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Local expert says coats in car seats are dangerous

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - With the possibility of slick conditions, safety experts say it's more important than ever to make sure your child is properly fastened in a car seat.

Triena Dietrich with Safe Kids Adams County says while parents are quick to get kids in a seat in cold and snowy conditions, they should make sure kids are not wearing coats while in the seat.

She says "Strap before you wrap" is the motto parents should remember.

"You can always use blankets to wrap around the child in the car seat," Dietrich said. "There's aftermarket items: Using a car seat cape; it's kind of like a coat, but you can tuck it in underneath."

Dietrich says keeping your kid in a coat while in the car seat doesn't allow straps to be tight enough, causing injury if you're in a crash.

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