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Seatbelts, child restraints and child locks have all been designed to ensure our children’s safety. They are especially vulnerable because of their size and inability to protect themselves from danger. Children can be especially at risk when travelling in a vehicle, using the roadway or if left unattended.

Here are some tips to help keep our children safe.

Road Safety

  • Ensure that all restraints are correctly worn during every car trip. Place small children in the back seat, as the front seats are not designed for them and a sudden stop could cause serious injury.

 

  • Encourage children who are old enough to make an alarm if an adult is about to leave them unattended in a vehicle. Check the interior before engaging the locks. Some parents put an essential item like their wallet next to the child as a reminder not to forget them in the car

 

  • Sudden malfunctions can cause vehicles to lock unexpectedly. Periodic key and lock checkups and maintenance can help reduce the risk of lockouts.

 

  • Children should travel in groups with older children or with an adult while on the road and should never attempt to cross a busy thoroughfare by themselves.

 

  • Teach children to be extremely alert when they are crossing the road. They should always use pedestrian crossings, look both ways before crossing and put away any device which could be distracting.

 

  • Instruct children to walk facing oncoming traffic for their protection and walk on sidewalks if they are accessible.

 

Safety at Home

  • Children should not be left unattended for any length of time.

 

  • Electrical outlets should be covered when not in use.

 

  • All cleaning products and medications should be securely stored.

 

  • Ensure that children know what to do in case of an emergency.

 

For additional information contact:

Child Protection and Family Services Agency
48 Duke Street
Kingston
Tel: 876-948-6678, 876-948-2841-2 and 211 (To report child abuse)
Email: info@childprotection.gov.jm /report@childprotection.gov.jm
Website: https://childprotection.gov.jm
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @CPFSAJM

 

The Office of the Children’s Registry
12 Carlton Crescent
Kingston 10
Tel: 876-908-2132 (Toll Free), 1-888-PROTECT (1-888-776-8328)
Email: info@ocr.gov.jm/reports@ocr.gov.jm
Website: http://www.ocr.gov.jm
Facebook: facebook.com/childrens.registry
Instagram: @ocajamaica

 

Road Safety Unit
145 Maxfield Avenue
Kingston 10
Telephone: 876-754-1900-1, 876-754-2811, 876-618-1621
Email: rsu@mtw.gov.jm
Website: http://www.mtw.gov.jm/roadsafety

 

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