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Safety Checklist - Really important, maybe even lifesaving, information

  • Make sure your child knows that, if they are in anyone's car, they should be in a car seat and/or be wearing a seat belt – this includes your car.
  • When you are reading this story please be aware of how many 'seated spaces' you have in your car, as every child needs to be belted in. DO NOT OVERLOAD YOUR CAR!
  • Please ensure you make everyone aware, who may have your child in their car, how important it is to have them in a car seat or belted in properly and securely.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home works together to think safely, make sure they all know about the messages in this story.
  • If your child ever 'wriggles lose' or 'escapes' from their car seat or seat belt (which they sometimes really enjoy doing) then you need to stop the car safely and belt them back in. In any accident, if a child is not properly secured in a car, it can lead to injury or death.
  • Make sure older children are aware of car seat and seat belt safety. They can act as spotters for you in case the smaller ones try to 'get free'.

The Law - This information was correct as of April 2016

  • In the UK the law requires all children travelling in the front or rear seat of any car, van or goods vehicle must use the correct child car seat until they are either 135 cm in height or 12 years old (which ever they reach first). After this they must use an adult seat belt. There are very few exceptions; If you do not then you can be fined and points put on your licence.
  • It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that children under the age of 14 years are restrained correctly in accordance with the law.
  • The law is different for buses, coaches and minibuses with seat belts fitted.

Car Seat Information - This information was correct as of April 2016

  • Make sure your car seat is in good working order and is properly fitted. If you are unclear about this contact your local Fire Station who will advise and help you.
  • A properly fitted child car seat will help to prevent your child from being thrown about inside the vehicle, or ejected from it, if there is a crash. It will also absorb some of the impact force, and provide some protection from objects intruding into the passenger compartment.
  • A seat belt on its own will not properly fit your child, until they are at least 135cm (4'6") tall, although it’s better to wait until they are 150 cm (5ft) or taller before moving them to the seat belt on its own.
  • For further information, please visit: http://www.childcarseats.org.uk
  • And always remember to read the instructions that have come with the car seat you have bought. They might all be 'SIMILAR' - BUT they aren't EXACTLY the same so make sure YOU READ THEM!
  • Good quality information is available from: http://www.childcarseats.org.uk and https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules/using-a-child-carseat-or-boosterseat

And please make sure your child(ren) knows and understands this one very important thing…

  • Remember to tell your child(ren) that if they are ever worried or have done something that might be dangerous then they should tell you straight away - it could save their life.
  • You might get cross with them later on but you would help them straight away if something bad had happened.
  • 'I love you and want to keep you safe' is the message you want them to remember!