Buckle Up for Safety
Plenty of confusion exists around the use of booster seats for children in vehicles. Many parents believe those once their children weigh more than 40 lb (18 kg) they can just buckle them into the adult seat belts in the vehicle. Kids, too, are part of the problem. Once a child gets out of the car seat, he thinks he's too big for a booster seat.
Scalds and burns are a significant cause of childhood injury.
Children are at risk for scald burns from hot liquids, grease and scalding bath water. In 1999, 122 children were treated at the Alberta Children's Hospital Emergency Department for scalds or burns. Eighty per cent of these children were under six years of age.
It's now the Law!
The Calgary Injury Prevention Coalition (CIPC) and KIDSAFE Connection of the Calgary Health Region are delighted that the Government of Alberta has passed Bill 209 requiring all bike riders under 18 to wear a bike helmet. The government has taken a strong advocacy position on safety for children and teens in this province.
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