MAKE sure your child’s car seat is safely fitted – that’s Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership’s message to parents as part of Child Safety Week.
Derbyshire County Council has teamed up with an expert car seat fitter to offer free safety checks in supermarket car parks on the following dates:
Tuesday June 19
• Ripley, Sainsbury’s: 9.30am − 12.30pm
• Matlock, Sainsbury’s: 1.30pm − 4.30pm
Thursday June 21
• Staveley, Morrisons: 9.30am − 12.30pm
• Chesterfield, Sainsbury’s: 1.30pm − 4.30pm
Partnership chairman Mike Ashworth said: “We’re urging parents to take advantage of these free checks during Child Safety Week.
“Seats must be fitted properly to offer maximum protection - it’s vital that motorists who travel with youngsters understand the importance of choosing the right seat and fitting it correctly.”
Mike added: “The theme of this year’s Child Safety Week is ‘Small Steps to Safety’. That’s why we’re reminding parents that the straps and harness on a child car seat should be checked every time you travel.
“The number of layers your child is wearing will affect how snugly they fit into the seat and you should only be able to fit one finger between the harness and their shoulder.”
The law says that passengers under the age of 12 must use some form of child car seat unless they are 135cm tall or above.
The type of seat a child needs depends on how much he or she weighs.
You can also get advice about fitting child car seats by visiting www.childcarseats.org.uk – a website that was set up by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents with funding from the Department of Transport.