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On September, 12 to 14, a Children's Restraint System Technician Training Course was conducted in Flin Flon. The course was put on through Manitoba Public Insurance and St. John's Ambulance. There were 11 participants from the Creighton Fire Department, Flin Flon Fire Department, Creighton Public Health, Flin Flon Ambulance and Flin Flon RCMP. The local technicians are now qualified to inspect the installation of the child restraints in vehicles and to help educate the public. A Child Restraint Clinic will be conducted in the Wal-Mart parking lot (weather permitting), on Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents are requested to bring in their vehicles with their car seats installed along with their children. The technicians will inspect the installation and make sure it is appropriate for the size of the child. The ultimate purpose of the Clinic is for the the children's safety. Anyone who is not available to attend the clinic can contact the Town of Creighton at 688-8253, Albert Murphy at 687-0568; Flin Flon Fire Department at 681-7535; or the Flin Flon RCMP at 687-7488. Arrangements will be made to ensure your car seat is installed safely. Did you know? - Child restraints have an expiration date. If there is no manufacturer's expiry date on your restraint, it expires 10 years from the manufacturer's date. - Field data shows that less than 10% of Child Restraint Systems are used accurately. - Children under 12 years of age should NOT ride in the front seat of the vehicle. - The "Kid Zone" in a vehicle is the back seat. - Rear facing (infant) restraint systems must NEVER be used in front of an air bag. - Effective March 15, 1998, all restraint systems manufactured for sale in Canada must show the National Safety Mark (a circle with a maple leaf inside). - Many of the States in the U.S. do not require a tether strap for forward facing seats. A tether strap is mandatory all across Canada. See 'Seat' P.# Con't from P.# - After a collision, whether the car seat was occupied or not, it should be replaced. - The harnesses on an infant rear facing car seat should allow only one finger (between the harness and the infant's collar bone once it is done up). - The handle on an infant car seat must be in the down position while in the vehicle. - When an infant seat is securely installed there should be no more than one inch of movement from side to side.