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Proper use of booster seats enhances safety, reduces risk of injury

Crashes kill more elementary and school-aged children than any other cause.

Did you know?
         A recent Children’s Hospital study showed 50% of children with spinal cord injuries
          were injured in crashes.
         Ninety percent were unrestrained or improperly restrained (such as a young child in
          an adult seat belt).
         Of all vehicle occupants, children 4-8 years old are least likely to be properly
          restrained, with only 20% using a booster seat.
         Children 4-8 years of age are twice as likely to sustain serious injuries if they are
          using a seat belt compared to a booster seat. Serious injuries (concussions and more
          serious brain injuries, internal organ injuries, spinal cord injuries, and extremity
          fractures) are reduced by 45% in all collisions and 70 to 80% in side-impacts.

That’s why the Winnipeg Health Region and Manitoba Public Insurance have teamed up to
promote the proper use of booster seats. Properly restraining children can greatly reduce the
risk of injury and even death.

That’s also why the Winnipeg Health Region has created resources to help health care
professionals assess whether a child needs a booster seat. Along with noting the criteria for
whether or not a child needs a booster seat, the handy prescription for a booster seat also
provides parents with helpful information about booster seats. Click here to download.            Comment [a1]: Please insert link to booster seat
                                                                                                  prescription. The Rx pads have already been sent to
                                                                                                  pediatricians offices. It can’t be printed as it is ¼
Families may require booster seats but not have the resources to purchase them. If that’s the     page and double-sided. Could put our phone
                                                                                                  number to request. Supplies are limited though.
case, the family may be eligible for a free booster seat. Learn more about this program and       Could suggest downloading the parent info sheet or
booster seats by calling the IMPACT Injury Prevention Program at 787-1823                         call for copies.

Also, encourage parents to visit the IMPACT and MPI interactive displays at the Teddy Bear
Picnic on Sunday, May 30th at Assiniboine Park. They can have their children weighed and          Comment [a2]: Insert link please:
measured to see if they need a booster seat.                                                      al_teddy_bears_picnic.aspx

Information about booster seats (sidebar)
Does a child need a booster seat?
YES, if the child:
            is between four and eight years of age
            weighs at least 40lb (18kg)
            is less than 4’9” tall (145 cm)

Before graduating younger children from a forward-facing seat to a booster seat, it is
recommended to use the child’s forward-facing seat with the harness to its maximum weight
and height.

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Talk to parents about how to safely transport their children – but first, click here.                   Comment [a3]: Please insert link:
How much does a booster seat cost? It will run as little as $10 - $20 for a backless booster.
High-back boosters and combination seats that can be used as a car seat and a booster seat are
more expensive. First check the label on the child’s car seat to see if it can also be used as a
booster seat. When shopping for a booster seat, parents may want to keep the following in

MPI Brochure re: car seats
MPI Video re: car seats (link to video)
Consumer Guide (link to pdf)

Is a child ready for a seat belt?
YES, if the child:
            is nine years of age or older
            weighs at least 80lb (36kg)
            is at least 4’9” (145cm) tall
            properly fits the seat belt
             o How do you know if the seat belt fits properly? Encourage parents to take the
                  seat belt test. Meet all of these criteria - or use a booster seat - to safely
                  transport a child:
                       Place the child in the back seat, against the seat back.
                               SAFE: the child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat.
                               SAFE: the lap belt rests on top of the child’s thighs, not the
                               SAFE: the shoulder belt centres on the collarbone and the middle
                                  of the child’s chest, not the neck or chin. UNSAFE: never place the
                                  shoulder belt behind the back or under the arm – this can cause
                                  life-threatening injuries.
                               SAFE: the child can stay in this position for the entire trip.

Learn more about booster seats by calling Manitoba Public Insurance at 985-7199.

Read more:
What’s a Universal Anchorage System?
Car seats
Helpful tips
The importance of booster seats:
Get your kids to sit in a booster seat:

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