Wednesday, 11 July 2012

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Car seat safety- is your child properly secured?

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and its partners are working together to improve car seat safety for children in Ottawa. Every year, staff from OPH and the Ottawa Police Services conduct roadside car seat checks throughout the city. In 2011, these roadside checks revealed that, two out of every three children were not properly secured in their car seat. This is concerning because car crashes are the number one cause of death for children in Canada and one of the leading causes of injury in Ottawa. When children are properly fitted in a car seat, the risk of death or serious injury goes down by almost 75 per cent. It is the law for drivers to make sure that their child is properly secured in a car seat, booster seat or seatbelt.This year, OPH launched the A1 Secure campaign with the goal of giving parents and caregivers access to more car seat inspection clinics as well as practical and easy to remember information on how to properly secure children in car seats. With the help of S.E.A.T.S. for Kids Canada, a local organization that offers free car seat inspection clinics, the number of car seat inspection clinics has doubled.Please follow these three quick steps to make sure your child passenger is secured.Step 1:Armpit level for harness chest clip.Step 2:1 Finger space only between harness straps and the child’s chest. Step 3:Secure child car seat to vehicle according to thechild car seat user guide.For more information on child passenger safety and child car seat installation videos visit To find out where to go to have your child’s car seat inspected visit or call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744 read more..

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