BEST FIT History
In the spring of 2013, the Ottawa Safety Council (OSC), in consult with Safer Roads Ottawa and the Ministry of Transportation’s Safety Education and Training branch, identified a gap in the child car seat installation and inspection services in the Ottawa area.
It is Ottawa Safety Council’s goal to be the leading injury-prevention education programs to residents of Ottawa. Recognizing that the correct installation of infant and child car seats can make the critical difference in a vehicle collision, OSC embarked on a two-year test pilot to test the efficacy and sustainability of a Car Seat Inspection and Installation service provided by the Ottawa Safety Council.
On Thursday, October 3, 2013, as part of the province of Ontario’s Seatbelt Campaign, the Ottawa Safety Council along with Councilor Keith Egli, Chair of the City of Ottawa’s Transportation Committee, Bob Rintoul, General Manager for Myers Cadillac Chev Buick GMC, and representatives from the Ottawa Police Service and Ottawa Paramedic Service, officially launched the BEST FIT Car Seat Program – a new child car seat inspection and installation service for the City of Ottawa.
The BEST FIT Car Seat Program offers public clinics across Ottawa, trained Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST’s), provide education, installation and inspection to ensure that car seats and booster seats are used correctly. The program is run by dedicated, certified staff who have a commitment to child safety. At present, the Ottawa Safety Council has 24 trained CPST’s and has partnered with Ottawa Fire Services, who offers in door clinic locations.
The goal of the program is to promote, educate and demonstrate current best practices regarding the safe transportation of children in vehicles.