For Immediate Release
Date July 6, 2001

Julie Fluit
Supervisor, Healthy Lifestyles
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2578

Free Child Car Seat Clinic and Community Open House at Peel Children's Safety Village, Wednesday, July 11

(Brampton) - On Wednesday, July 11, 2001, the Peel Car Seat Safety Committee will host a FREE Child Car Seat Clinic and Community Open House at the Peel Children's Safety Village at the Brampton Sports Park. The clinic and open house will run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

During the open house, trained inspectors will be on hand to check car seat installations and provide car seat safety education to parents and caregivers of young children. Participants must bring their child, the car seat manufacturer's instructions and the owner's manual for their vehicle.

Similar Car Seat Clinics across Peel region have been extremely popular, with some parents waiting for as long as one hour to have their car seat checked. To reduce waiting time, parents and caregivers of young children can call Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700 to book an appointment time. Drop-ins are also welcome.

Correctly used child restraints reduce the likelihood of child injury or death during a motor vehicle collision by 75 per cent. In Canada, four out of every five children are not properly restrained in their car seats. Common car seat installation mistakes include improper use of the tether strap, failure to use locking clips on seat belts and improper tightening of seat belts.

During the Open House, there will be face painting, safety displays and children in grades 1 and 2 can ride the Safety Village vehicles. Families are also encouraged to bring a camera to have their picture taken in a police cruiser. A BBQ meal will be available for a nominal fee.

Peel Safety Village is located on Kennedy Road north of Derry Road in the Brampton Sports Park. The Peel Car Safety Committee is a cooperative venture of the Peel Regional Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, St. John's Ambulance, Co-operator's Insurance Group, the Peel Health Department and Peel Fire and Emergency Services.

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail

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