The first child passenger safety course in B.C. to be offered online for childcare professionals and other caregivers who transport children
BURNABY, BC, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Knowledge and understanding of basic child passenger safety - proper use and installation of child car and booster seats - is the most effective tool for preventing the injury or death of a child in a car crash.
The BCAA Road Safety Foundation/ICBC Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Program is now offering the Child Passenger Safety Basic course online at www.ChildSeatInfo.ca.
The Child Passenger Safety Basic online course is the first online child passenger safety course to be offered in B.C., and aligns with the CPS program mandate to increase education about proper child car and booster seat use, and B.C.'s laws and regulations.
This online course is a valuable tool for people who transport children as part of their work, such as social workers, daycare workers, settlement workers, and healthcare workers who want a solid understanding of child passenger safety basics, but do not wish to become a certified CPS educator. The course is also beneficial for parents, grandparents and other caregivers who transport children.
"It is our hope that at the completion of this online course, individuals will have the information needed to enable them to select and use a child car seat correctly," commented Marg Deibert, Senior Child Passenger Safety Program Trainer/Educator, BCAA Road Safety Foundation (RSF).
Car crashes are one of the leading causes of accidental death among children in this province.
In B.C. all drivers are responsible for transporting all children in age- and weight-appropriate child car or booster seats until their ninth birthday or they reach 145 centimeters (4' 9") in height.
For more information or to register for the BCAA RSF/ICBC Child Passenger Safety Basic online course visit www.childseatinfo.ca or call 1-877-247-5551.
More about the CPS Basic online course:
- The CPS Basic course provides learners with the basic knowledge needed to safely secure children in vehicles.
- The course can also be the first step to becoming certified as a child passenger safety educator and is equivalent to the first day of the CPS Educator II course.
- The course includes seven units that take about eight hours to complete followed by a final exam. The units do not have to be completed at one sitting - learners can move through the units at their own pace.
- Upon completion the learner will receive a certificate of completion. This is not a CPS Educator certification.
- The CPS Basic online course complements the existing CPS Educator II course, which is offered by BCAA RSF/ICBC and administered by the Justice Institute of B.C.
- Cost: $20.00.
About the Child Passenger Safety Program
BCAA's Road Safety Foundation and ICBC are partners in the Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Program. The CPS program provides child passenger safety educational resources and training in B.C.
About BCAA Road Safety Foundation
The BCAA Road Safety Foundation is a non-profit registered charity working with families, communities and business partners to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes and injuries in B.C. For more information, visit www.BCAARoadSafety.com, or call 604-298-5107.
Available for Interview:
Marg Deibert, Senior Child Passenger Safety Program Trainer/Educator, BCAA Road Safety Foundation
URL for this media release is: http://www.bcaaroadsafety.com/category/news-releases/
SOURCE: BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation
For further information:
BCAA Road Safety Foundation
E-mail: [email protected]