Police: Children’s booster seats can save lives

Par­ents want to do everything they can to keep their kids safe, and today using a car seat is a no-brainer.

Kids grow fast and once that old car seat they used as an infant or toddler gets too snug, many parents are unsure of what to do next.

OPP Constable Mark Cloes reported that statistics show that only 34 per cent of child­ren between the ages of 4 and 8 are properly secured. When used correctly, a booster seat provides 60 per cent more pro­tection than a seatbelt alone. In a collision, children using seat­belts instead of booster seats are three and a half times more likely to suffer significant in­jury, and four times more likely to suffer head injury.

Erin clinic

The East Wellington Com­munity Services is hosting a car seat clinic on May 30 from 9 am to noon at the Erin Fire De­partment.

If it is anything like the clinic recently held in Fergus, it will fill quickly. Call Angela at EWCS to register, at 519-833-9696. A non perishable food items or cash donation will be accepted for the local food bank. The clinic is facilitated by Buckle Up Bears, trained volunteers, and run in co-op­era­tion with Wellington County OPP Auxiliary Unit.

Booster seats prevent in­juries and save lives, and that is why they are the law in Onta­rio.  Every child up to age 8 must be properly secured in an appropriate child car safety seat. If they are not, any caregiver – from a grand­parent to a babysitter – could face a $110 fine and two de­merit points.  For a child safety seat to work, it must be used correctly. This means proper installation and choosing the right seat for your child, which depends on the child’s age, weight and height. Parents looking for help should visit www.ontario.­ca/smartlove or contact their loc­al public health unit. Cloes said, “All it takes is a moment to make sure your child’s car seat or booster seat is set up correctly, or to remind a passenger to buckle up – you could end up saving a life.”