We want all Albertans to learn about occupant restraints as part of a comprehensive approach to preventing motor vehicle injuries. Many resources are available to raise awareness in Alberta about seat belts, booster seats and child safety seats.
Click on one of the following headings to best meet your needs:
- Key Messages for Parents - An overview of how to correctly buckle up babies and children in vehicles.
- Education - Alberta resources to teach about seat belts, booster seats and/or child safety seats.
- Enforcement Training - Alberta resources to train enforcement members about child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts for children.
- Printable Resources - Handouts on the correct use of child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts for older children.
- Public Awareness & Campaigns - Billboards, flyers, posters and radio spots to engage Albertans in the issue.
- Enforcement Materials - Roadside Safety Checks - Safety Check Guidelines
NEW Rear-Facing Resources
The Alberta Occupant Restraint Program (AORP) has updated four key resources:
- Child Safety Seat YES Test, Rear-facing
- Tips for Buying a Child Safety Seat or Booster Seat
- Rear-facing Safety Seat, English
- Rear-facing Safety Seat, Aboriginal
Parents are now encouraged to keep their baby in the safer, rear-facing position as long as possible, in a child safety seat right for his weight and height. A baby should stay rear-facing until she is at least one year of age AND 22 lb (10 kg) AND walking.
Transport Canada, the Canadian Pediatric Society and Safe Kids Canada all agree that a child should walk before moving to a forward-facing seat. The rear-facing position provides better safety for babies and young children in crashes. Many child safety seats with higher rear-facing weight and height limits are for sale in Canada. Parents should be aware of the weight and height limits for their baby’s seat, in order to keep their baby rear-facing as long as possible.
AORP aims to provide up-to-date information to parents and caregivers to help them make safe choices for transporting infants and children. In addition to choosing the right seat for their child, AORP stresses the need for parents to install the seat correctly in the vehicle, and to buckle the child snugly in the seat.