In order to continue providing the highest standards of service to our residents, the Okotoks Fire Department will be undergoing new certification training for car seat installations. This will result in a temporary suspension of our free Car Seat Clinics for the months of February and March. We anticipate being able to offer the free car seat clinics again in the Spring – watch for our new schedule.
In the meantime, please take your vehicles to any Toys R Us store in Calgary for a free inspection. Their certified staff will be able to assist you on an appointment basis. The installation or inspection is offered to anyone regardless of where the car seat was originally purchased.
Thank you for your patience as the fire crews update their certification. We look forward to restarting the clinic in the spring.
Proper Car Seat Installation is important!
Your car seat is one of the most crucial pieces of safety equipment you’ll ever own. After all, you’re putting your most precious cargo in it. But is it installed correctly?
- Seat not tightly secured to the vehicle (moves more than 2.5 cm in any direction)
- Position of the shoulder straps
- Harness not snug
Transport Canada points out that every year about 10,000 children 12 or under are injured (some of them fatally) in traffic collisions in Canada and that surveys show that as many as one third of Canadian children are not properly restrained when they’re traveling in motor vehicles.
The Law in Alberta
- A child under six years whose weight does not exceed 18 kg (40 lb.) must be properly secured in a child safety seat.
- All child passengers must be secured in an approved and properly used child safety seat, which is used and installed according to your vehicle and car seat manufacturer’s instructions.
- It is the driver’s legal responsibility to ensure that each passenger under the age of 16 years is properly secured in the vehicle. Drivers are subject to a fine for each child not properly secured.
- Child safety seats used in Canada must have a label on them stating that the seat meets Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.
Airbags and Children
If your vehicle is equipped with a passenger front-seat air bag with no shut off switch:
- Never install a rear facing child safety seat in the front seat.
- Children under the age of 13 should be seated in the back
Car Seat Tips
- Be sure you have a set of instructions for your child safety seat make and model.
- Check the child safety seat’s instructions to see that all the parts are included and are attached correctly.
- Do not use padding or blankets that will interfere with the internal harness.
- Check expiry date of child safety seat.
- Purchasing a second-hand child safety seat is not recommended.
For more information please visit the Government of Alberta Transportation website.
Car seat Guidelines in AB – Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
Tips for buying a car seat or booster seat – Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services