Can you provide a description of your business?
Formed in 2011, the Hamilton Car Seat Safety Network is a nonprofit group of dedicated community partners who are committed to increasing the number of children in Hamilton riding safely in car seats and booster seats. Our goal is to decrease injuries to children from riding unsafely in their car seats. We do this by raising public awareness and providing education to families about car seat safety.
Our partners include:
- Hamilton Health Sciences (McMaster Children’s Hospital & Trauma Program)
- Hamilton Emergency Services
- Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
- Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
- Children’s Aid Society
- Catholic Children’s Aid Society
- Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
- North Hamilton Community Health Centre
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton
- Ontario Early Years Centers
- Baby World
- Jamesville Children’s Centre
- City of Hamilton, Public Health Services
- Diono Canada
- Newell Brands
- Hamilton Wentworth Catholic Child Care Centres
- Niwasa Aboriginal Program
What led you to this business?
The City of Hamilton, Public Health Services started the Hamilton Car Seat Safety Network to work towards increasing the percentage of children traveling in safely in Hamilton with the support from our community partners. Unfortunately, our local data tells us that approximately 8 out of 10 car seats are not used correctly in Hamilton. We know that when installed correctly, a car seat can reduce a child’s risk of injury or death by as much as 74% and this is what led us to creating this Network.
What do you love most about bringing your offerings to growing families?
We love to educate families about how to keep their children safe from preventable injuries sustained in motor vehicle collisions. By sharing information about child passenger safety, we can make a significant difference in the lives of our children, families and community. Car seats and booster seats save lives!
Which products/services/messaging are you most excited to share at the expo?
We are excited to offer families live car seat demonstrations by certified car seat technicians directly in our booth! Families can pop by our booth to ask us any questions they may have about how to keep their child safe while travelling. Don’t forget to fill out a ballot for a chance to win some awesome prizes!