Helping keep your children safe in their car seats
Colleen Lindholm | September 16, 2013
Motor vehicle accidents continue to be in the top five causes for children to have injuries or fatalities. When a child is properly restrained in their car seat, it decreases their risk of serious injury or death.
With so many different car seats on the market, it can be confusing to navigate through the purchasing of the right car seat and then installing it into your vehicle. The Camrose PCN wants to help point you in the right direction to help you become your own expert on car seat safety for your family.
There is a wealth of information and help available on various websites as well as video’s to help walk you through purchasing and installing infant and children’s car seats. Transport Canada (Government of Canada) offers a comprehensive website with easy to follow instruction at: www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/kids. Another great resource with some easy to follow video instruction can be found at: http://www.parachutecanada.org/programs/topic/C240. Both websites will provide you with valuable information and tips on how you can keep your kids as safe as possible in your vehicle. ** Please note: For forward facing car seats the recommend guidelines state a child does should not be placed in a forward facing car seat until they are a minimum of 22 pounds and walking.
While parents and caregivers are responsible to do the research, read their car seat and vehicle manuals, and learn how to properly install their car seats, there is additional support through the Camrose PCN Maternal Newborn Clinic.
PCN Maternal Newborn Clinic Registered Nurse Kari Befus has recently undergone Child Restraint Technician Certification Training and is ready to start assisting parents, grandparents and caregivers in ensuring their car seats are installed correctly.
Often, parents can be overwhelmed and confused by the proper way to use a car seat. Some of the most common mistakes seen include:
- using a rear-facing only seat as a forward facing seat,
- turning a child forward facing prior to meeting all three necessary developmental benchmarks,
- moving a child from a forward facing seat into a booster sooner than is recommended or safe for the child
- not having the car seat’s harness system tight enough, therefore reducing the effectiveness of the seat
As a certified trained child seat technician, Kari will talk about which restraint is appropriate for your child, how to correctly install your child seat in your vehicle, and how to position your child in the child seat.
“Prevention through education and collaboration will be the focus with rolling out this program into our community,” states Befus. “We look forward to working with our community partners in increasing community awareness on the importance of car seat safety.”
To access this additional service you will need to make an appointment at the PCN Maternal Newborn Clinic .Your inspection may take up to an hour and it’s important you bring your car seat and vehicle manuals if possible, as every vehicle is different in how car seats are installed.
To make an appointment, please call the Camrose PCN Maternal Newborn Clinic at 780-672-5034.