With this in mind the MAPFRE Foundation organized, last September, a day course entitled Child Safety in the automobile, in collaboration with Fire Dept. of Almeria. A meeting to study child restraining systems and their correct use, with the participation of firemen from different parts of the province, local police, civil protection and nursing groups a representatives of FAPACE, the association of parent teacher groups (PTA’s) of Almeria. In general anyone narrowly related to the to the prevention of road traffic accidents and the treatment of accident victims, that can offer any help in defining the fundamentally basic importance of the correct use of child seats and seatbelts.
The day was divided into two parts. The first was a look at the regulations for child restraining systems, the models available and how to select the right one (with regard to weight and height of the child) and then how to install it in a vehicle. The second part was more practical, testing the knowledge gained and also helped to clear up any doubts by providing more information to fathers, mothers and professionals with a lively debate on the rescue of children from traffic accidents.
According to Estela Gil, a FAPACE member, this education in the correct use of child restraining systems can only be good when taking into account the consequences of not using them at all and the high accident rate or what in fact can happen to a child that doesn’t use one.
We hope that this day on child safety in the automobile will be the beginning and will continue in various schools throughout the province of Almeria with a publicity campaign organized by parents and coordinated by the fire department of Almeria. In the words of Jorge Sañudo, coordinator of the fire service-training department, the idea is to show people and share basic guidelines for the safety of all citizens.
Collaboration with those that teach helps us to improve child safety.