Booster Seat 411

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If you had kids prior to 2005, you may remember a time when booster seats were optional. With the change in car seat regulations and the addition of the booster seat for children ages 4-8 years old/40-80lbs, it is estimated that your child’s risk of injury in an accident is reduced by 59% versus just using a seat belt alone. Despite the increased safety, some research has shown that 30-50% of people misuse booster seats, with premature graduation from the booster seat being the number one type of misuse.

Don’t rush your child from their booster seat!

THE LAW

The Ontario Highway Traffic Act states that children must be in a booster seat until:

  • they are over the age of eight

OR

  • they weigh more than 80lbs/36kg

OR

  • they are more than 145cm/4ft9in tall

Failure to comply could result in a $240 fine and 2 demerit points.

HOWEVER

What is the law and what is the safest for your child are not the same thing. Though the law states that an eight year old child does not need to use a booster seat, it is very likely that your eight year old should still be using a booster seat. To reduce the chance of a head, neck, spinal or abdominal injury in an accident, it is recommended by both the Government of Ontario and the Middlesex-London Health Unit to keep kids in booster seats until:

  1. the shoulder belt lies across the child’s shoulder (not the face or neck) and middle of the chest.
  2. the lap belt lies across the upper thighs, not over the stomach.
  3. your child’s knees bend comfortably over the edge of the vehicle seat when they are sitting all the way against the back of the seat.
  4. your child is taller than 145cm/4ft9in

It is likely that your child will not meet these requirements until they are 10-12 years old. Newer booster seats have weight limits of up to 120lbs to allow for these recommendations to be met.

 

Buckle Up Baby

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The list of Buckle Up Baby Car Seat Clinics has been posted for the 2015 calendar year. If you are expecting a new baby or have a child transitioning from a bucket seat to a rear facing car seat, a rear facing to a forward facing, a forward facing to a booster seat, then consider making an appointment to have the installation verified by the professionals. Correct installation of car seats is a significant challenge for many parents, grandparents, and caregivers and could save many lives and result in less injuries across the province.

Clinics are open to the general public, but require appointments made in advance. Call 519-666-3227 to book an appointment.

It is recommended that you book your appointment 6-8 weeks in advance.

Car seat clinics are held at Westmount Shopping Centre on Parking Level 2 of the Indoor Parking Garage.  Continue reading

Community CPR Day

CPR Day

There is no better way to spend your Family Day weekend than to spend it learning how to save their lives if it was ever needed. The City of London Aquatic Services is hosting a Community CPR Day on both Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15.

For just $5 per person, you can register for a 2.5 hour CPR clinic and learn the essential skills to help save a life. At the end, you will have your CPR-A certification! This is open to everyone 10 years and older.

The CPR Clinics will be held throughout the day in multiple locations around the city: Canada Games Aquatic Centre, Earl Nichols Arena, North London Optimist Community Centre, Kinsmen Recreation Centre, Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, and South London Community Pool.

You must register in advance and spaces have begun to fill up. If you have ever considered taking a CPR course or have in the past but it has expired, this is a fantastic opportunity to get certified, get educated and be prepared.

For a full list of locations and times or to register, go to the City of London website HERE.

Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is finally here and if your kids are anything like mine they are probably bouncing off the walls as they countdown to Trick or Treating! Here are some helpful tips to keep this eve fun and safe for everyone.

FOR ADULTS

Drive Slowly. There are bound to be over excited kids out there who will forget to look both ways. Help them out by slowing down and staying focused.

Go With Your Kids. Kids under 10 should have an adult or a responsible teen walking with them. Bring a flashlight!

Plan Ahead. Have a route outlined with your children so they know how far you plan to go and when the fun is up. Have a meeting point designated or a plan if you get separated.

COSTUME SAFETY

Masks Vs. Makeup. Masks are not recommended, especially out in the dark, but if your superhero insists on donning one, make sure s/he can see clearly through and maintains her/his peripheral vision. If you are using make up, test a small spot ahead of time to make sure that your child’s skin won’t react to it.

Lagging Behind. Hike up that ballgown or cape! Make sure your child’s costume isn’t going to be a trip hazard as they go up and down driveways.

Prop Regrets. Swords, wands, and pixie dust really make the outfit, but odds are good that they will get lost somewhere along the way. Unless you are okay with carrying your child’s regretted props, leave them at home for pictures and post-Halloween dress up.

FOR THE KIDS

Slow down.

Look both ways.

Ask before eating.

Stick to the houses with lights on.

Stay on the porch – don’t go inside unless your parents are with you.

Remember to say Thank You!

 

And lastly, as it looks like it might be a wet, cold evening, bundle up! It wouldn’t be a true Canadian Halloween without that extra layer, eh?