Safe and secure: Parents learn about car seat safety

 02 Feb 2017 - 13:22

Safe and secure: Parents learn about car seat safety

By Fazeena Saleem / The Peninsula

In an important initiative, Sidra’s Health Promotion team launched a car seat safety awareness campaign at the Sidra Outpatient Clinic this week. The team partnered with Kulluna, a national safety campaign, to offer parents advice and guidance on how to properly use child’s car seat and also helped install car seats and conducted child safety seat checks.

During the campaign visitors to the Sidra Outpatient Clinic were taught Child Passenger Safety Technicians on how to fix a car seat appropriately.  Pamphlets with top five car seat checkup list from Kulluna was given out to parents at the Sidra Outpatient Clinic during the campaign.

There are currently eight health promoters at Sidra who have been certified as Child Passenger Safety Technicians.

 

Fatima Al Muhamadi, a Sidra health promoter, said: “Child car seat safety should be the first thing that all parents need to consider when travelling with their child. There is a high percentage of car seats that are not used or installed correctly.  This even applies to child restraints and seat belts. We urge parents to make use of this fantastic service by Kulluna. Installing a car seat properly and following some key safety rules can go a long way towards saving a child’s life.”

A properly fitted car seat can save a child’s life in an accident but many parents often don’t have it installed correctly. Car seat safety awareness campaigns are  being held most importantly that proper use of child car seats could prevent deaths and serious injuries among children due to road traffic accidents.

A child sitting in the front seat of a car is the most vulnerable in a traffic accident. Particularly under the age of four, almost all who suffer serious injuries and those who die in the country would have not used a car seat, says   Dr Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, Director of Hamad International Training Centre and Chairman of the Kulluna safety campaign.

With a large number of parents not using a car seat for the child, Kulluna begun an initiative which strongly emphasis on child car passenger safety. Safe Kids Qatar partnered with Kulluna in making the initiative a success.

Within two years it has trained 120 Child Passenger Safety Technicians. Majority of them are from the health sector.

A four day training session focuses on teaching participants to become child passenger safety technicians so that they can teach parents and caregivers how to choose and correctly install the appropriate car seat for their children.
Child passenger seats are recommended for all children until the age of 10 years and it is essential to select the appropriate seat for every child depending on height and weight.

Child Passenger Safety Technicians at awareness campaigns spot mistakes and show parents how to fix errors, making the seat safe and suitable for the child.

 

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