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Practise Safety

At Home - When On the Move - At Work- Automobile Seat Restraints

Taking safety precautions is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your family from accidents and injuries. Let common sense and these partial lists be your guides.

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  • Follow your employer's safety guidelines.

  • Wear clothing and protective equipment that is appropriate for your job (hard hat, gloves, goggles, earplugs, etc.).

  • Protect yourself against smoke, dangerous fumes, and exposure to chemicals.

  • Know the location of fire extinguishers and emergency exits nearest your workstation.

Automobile Seat Restraints

Wearing seat belts saves lives and prevents injuries. No one is strong enough to brace themselves against a sudden impact in a motor vehicle, even at very low speeds. Seat belts reduce the risk of serious injury and death.

Wear your seat belt every time you are in a vehicle. Keep the belt snug and close to your body. Always use both the lap and shoulder belts.

Seat belts are necessary even if your car is equipped with air bags. Air bags inflate from the steering wheel or dashboard of your car in the event of sudden impact. They are very effective in protecting front-seat riders, but they must be used with seat belts.

Children younger than 12 years of age should sit in the back seat. Use child car seats for infants, children under 4, and those weighing less than 18 kg (40 lb). See Child Car Seats.