Last week my wife was driving down Merivale road and a police officer flagged her down and pulled her over. She couldn’t figure out why she was being pulled over until the officer approached her and told her they were doing random car seat inspections ! I love this idea. It didn’t take long but they were able to look in the vehicle and inspect the installation of any existing car seats. This got me thinking, I know there are many people who would love this random check and I wondered how they could get their car seat inspected to make sure it is properly installed. I went online and found many resources in the Ottawa area. One that had a great website was S.E.A.T.S. for Kids, is a non-profit organization in Ottawa that focuses on the proper use of child restraint systems. They offer a wide variety of services including:
- car seat inspections
- nationally recognized certification courses
- information sessions regarding seat safety
- seat safety seminars
- appearances at Ottawa events
Did you know that Transport Canada reports that each year, 10,000 children 12 and under the age of 12 are injured in accidents ? Car accidents are the leading cause of children and youth deaths (Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program).
Every child’s safety is imperative and it is our responsibility as adults to make sure that we do whatever it takes to keep our children as safe as possible. If you are unsure of whether or not you have installed your car seat properly, don’t take the chance. There are many inspection clinics you can attend and have your seats checked by a certified inspector. S.E.A.T.S is offering clinics next month on November 9th and 30th. For more information, please visit their website. While you are there, I encourage you to explore their website , offering valuable information on car seat recalls and other safety information such as when to move a child into and out of a booster seat, expiry dates on car seats, etc…