They are the most vulnerable persons in any vehicle and your little ones need to be protected. That’s why the Porcupine Health Unit and North Eastern Ontario Family and Children’s Services are hosting a “Car Seat Safety Blitz” this Saturday at the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Statistics show that properly adjusted car seats can reduce the chance of death or serious injury to children by as much as 75-percent. Certified St. John’s Ambulance car seat technicians will be on hand to make the necessary adjustments.
In 2008 and 2009, throughout the Porcupine Health Unit district, 328 car seat inspections were performed during car seat inspection clinics with community partners and on postpartum home visits. Of the car seats inspected, 85-percent had at least one installation error. Common installation errors include difficulties with the Universal Anchorage System (UAS), locking clips and/or harnessing. 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 its regular car seat inspection clinics.