Stroller and carriage safety
Getting around safely
Strollers and carriages can be a huge part of your daily life when your children are young. These products are regulated in Canada for safety, but in addition to making sure your stroller or carriage meets current standards, it's also important to know how to use it safely. Every year, children are injured due to the improper use of harnesses and lap belts, or from being left unattended.
Meeting current standards
Carriages and strollers made before 1985 may not be up to current safety standards and should not be bought or sold.
Choosing a safe stroller or carriage
- Pick a sturdy model and follow the manufacturer's guidelines for child height and weight.
- Whether a carriage or stroller is new or used, only choose one that comes with a label and instructions.
- Choose only a stroller that comes with a safety belt or lap harness that is solidly attached to the frame.
- Ensure the brakes and locking mechanisms on folding models are in working order.
- Make sure the wheels are securely attached.
Using a stroller or carriage safely
- Always supervise your child when he or she is in the stroller or carriage.
- Always use the safety harness and lap belts, and make sure your child is seated properly.
- Use the brakes when stopped or when helping your child into and out of the stroller or carriage.
- Make sure your child's hands and feet are out of the way when making adjustments to the stroller/carriage.
- Regularly check for signs of damage and that the wheels are securely attached.
- Do not use pillows or blankets as padding; they can cause suffocation.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for putting additional items or accessories in or on the stroller.
- Never use a stroller on an escalator.
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