Timmins, Ontario - Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of injury and death of children. Most crashes occur close to home, on local roads, during daytime hours, on routes familiar to the driver and within areas with relatively low speed limits. A properly used car seat can reduce the risk of fatal injuries in a child by as much as 71%.
“Most parents and caregivers can correctly install their car seat by carefully reading the car seat manual and the vehicle manual, but because of the differences in car seats and vehicles, parents may need extra help,” says Nicole Ethier, Public Health Nurse and Reproductive and Child Health Program Coordinator at the Porcupine Health Unit. “The car seat technicians working at the “Car Seat Blitz” are certified through St. John Ambulance and the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada and have the knowledge and experience to help.”
During the “Car Seat Blitz” held in June 2017 in Timmins, just under 80% of seats inspected had at least one installation error. The most common error was the seat not being secured tightly into the vehicle.
“This blitz allows parents and caregivers to drop in for a car seat check without having to book an appointment,” says Ethier. If parents and caregivers are unable to attend the scheduled blitz, they can call the Porcupine Health Unit for information about car seat safety and to schedule an appointment during regular car seat inspection clinics.
The Porcupine Health Unit is located in Northeastern Ontario, serving the entire Cochrane District and Hornepayne, in Algoma District. The main office is located in Timmins, Ontario, with branch offices in Cochrane, Hearst, Hornepayne, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Matheson, Moosonee and Smooth Rock Falls.