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Protecting Children over the Holidays

Close supervision by a trusted adult is the most important safety message in regard to young people. Whether inside the home or travelling, children are vulnerable to accidents and injury unless there is a caring adult who manages their environment and takes measures to keep them safe.

Shopping centre parking lots are busier during the holidays so keep an eye out for distracted pedestrians and drivers who may not be paying attention, especially when backing out of parking spaces.

Make sure you are not distracted while driving. Commit to keeping your phone alone.

Buckle up every time you travel in a car, whether it’s on the long trip to visit family or just around the block.
Check your child’s car seat before holiday travel. Many car seats are not used or installed correctly.

Prepare for weather emergencies. Pack extra blankets, food and nappies, in case your car is stuck in snow or disabled. Keep your cell phone charged, make sure someone knows your route.

Keep hot foods and anything that can become a projectile, in the boot. You never know when you might have to stop abruptly.

Be aware of the warning signs for fatigue: yawning, poor concentration, tired or sore eyes, restlessness, drowsiness, and slow reactions. If you notice any of these signs, it is time to STOP. REVIVE.SURVIVE. Take regular breaks to avoid becoming tired.

And remember – don’t drink and drive!

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