BCAA is offering a free CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Basics Course as an online learning resource for parents, caregivers and professionals. The course will provide learners with the basic knowledge needed to secure children in vehicles and includes information on:
*What happens in a crash
*Protecting children in vehicles
*Using a seat belt system
*Using a child car seat
*Unsafe practice and problem solving
In BC, an average of 1,400 kids under age nine are injured and four are killed in motor vehicle crashes every year. Research shows that seat belts and child car seats – when used correctly – are the most effective tools in preventing injuries and deaths in car crashes.
BC law states that the driver must ensure all children in the vehicle under 16 years old are correctly secured in a child car seat or seat belt.
As children grow and change, the type of protection system needed also changes:
*Proper use of infant toddler and child car seats is saving lives. Over the past decade, the number of children under 12 who died in crashes dropped by 43 per cent, according to a new U.S. government report.
Health officials say the increased use of car seats and booster seats drove the decline. Still, one-third of the children 12 and under who died in 2011 were not buckled up. “The first step is buckling up. Every child, of every age, on every trip,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC report focused on crash deaths of children 12 and under and covered 2002 through 2011, when traffic fatalities overall declined to levels not seen since the 1940s. The CDC study was not designed to answer why the deaths of younger children declined. But experts credited a large growth in state laws requiring car seats and booster seats, and in programs that promote buckling kids up.
Risk Reduction for Every Age:
Buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries
- Car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%; and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles.2
- Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children aged 4–8 years when compared with seat belt use alone.3
- For older children and adults, seat belt use reduces the risk for death and serious injury by approximately half.4
Know the stages
Make sure children are properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height and weight.
The information in the CPS Basics Course reflects current motor vehicle laws related to child passengers in the province of British Columbia.
CDC report excerpted from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention