Here are some tips for travelling safely in the car:
- Car seats are not safe for sleeping. Take your child out of his car seat when you are done travelling.
- Use blankets to keep your child warm while travelling. Bulky clothing like snowsuits can create extra space between your child and the car seat harness. Your child will not be secure in a crash.
- Only use products that come with your car seat. Add-on products or items sold separately from your car seat decrease the safety of the seat. Your child can be hurt in a crash. Do not use add-on products like bunting bags, head huggers, mirrors or toys.
- Check your vehicle for loose items that could hurt your baby or other passengers during a crash such as Baby on Board signs, sun shades or groceries.
- Keep items such as groceries or toys in your trunk.
- Keep your car smoke-free. In Ontario, it is against the law to smoke in a vehicle with passengers who are under 16 years old.
- Role model road safety habits. Always wear your seatbelt. Children like to copy things that you do.
- Never leave your child inside a car alone, even with the windows open. Your child is more at risk of getting sick or dying from being left alone in the car because:
- they are more sensitive to heat than an adult
- their body is slower at controlling temperature
- they can get dehydrated quickly (lose body fluids) or get heat stroke when their body is too hot
- Check the temperature of your child’s car seat and seat belt before you put him in.
- Pay attention to the road while you are driving, instead of children or other items. Pull over to the side of the road if you need to help your child.
- Do not allow your child to play in your vehicle. Keep your keys out of sight and out of reach of your child
Call 9-1-1 right away if you see a child alone in a vehicle.
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