To be as safe as possible when traveling in cars, children and adults need to be using restraints or seatbelts that are properly fitted and suited to the age and size of the person
Every person traveling in a motor vehicle must use an approved restraint where one is available, properly fastened and adjusted. This includes pregnant women no matter what stage of pregnancy.
- Children under six months are to be seated in a properly fastened and adjusted approved rearward-facing child restraint. Before your baby is moved into a safety seat, they should also be able to sit, and control their head.
- Children aged between six months and four years are to be seated in a properly fastened and adjusted rearward-facing or forward-facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness.
- Children aged four years to less than seven years are to be seated in a properly fastened and adjusted forward-facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness, or an approved booster seat with a properly fastened and adjusted seatbelt or child safety harness.
- Children under four years shouldn’t travel in the front seat of a vehicle that has two or more rows of seats.
- Children aged between four and seven years are not permitted to sit in the front seat unless all other seating positions are already occupied by children under seven.
Cars turn into ovens very quickly, even on cool or overcast days. Never leave your child alone in the car, especially in hot weather. The temperature inside a car on a hot day can rise to dangerous levels very quickly. Also, they may play with window and door switches or the cigarette lighter. It’s especially dangerous if you leave the keys in the ignition.
Leaving your child alone in a car is not only extremely dangerous.
Contributed By: Chisom Nwobodo