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Two important programs that help us keep our kids safe are being re-launched across Durham Region for 2007: car seat safety checks and child fingerprinting.

Car Seat Safety Checks

Sponsored by the Region of Durham, car seat safety checks take place across Durham and are essential for any parent who has a child in a car or booster seat.

Nurses from the Injury Prevention program are prepared to help you with any questions you might have regarding ‘choosing, installing, and using infant, child and booster car and safety seats”.  Beginning in January, car seat safety checks will take place twice a month across Durham for the rest of 2007. For details on dates and locations of these checks, and information on car seat safety, click here

Kidzsprintz - Child Fingerprinting

Kidsprintz is a child fingerprinting is a volunteer-driven fingerprinting program run throughout the year by Durham Regional Police. Accurate and up to date records are extremely valuable when searching for a missing child. It is highly recommended that parents keep some type of chronological record for each of their children. The following identification method could contribute to the return of your child should he/she ever become missing.  The first Kidsprintz session takes place at the Ajax Costco (150 Kingston Road East) on Saturday January 27th, from 10 am- 4pm for more information click here.

If you can’t make the Kidsprintz session, Durham Regional Police have provided instructions on how to fingerprint your children yourself. There are two ways of doing this:

1. “Kidz Printz” is a cardboard identification kit that contains fingerprinting material and instructions for photo and hair strand samples. In one easy-to-use card, parents can keep identification information on a child. Please contact the Community Services and Crime Prevention Unit Leader at ext. 3411 for more information.

Alternatively, you can make an identification kit at home by following these steps:

1. Create a profile of your child listing: Name, date of birth, sex, blood type, eye colour, hair colour, identifying features (scars, glasses, etc.) and medical information.
2. To fingerprint your child, use an inkpad available at an office supply store.
3. Print only one finger at a time. Roll it on the inkpad, then roll onto a labeled piece of paper.
4. Be sure to include the entire finger when rolling. You may need to practice on scrap paper before obtaining a final print.
5. Affix a recent photo of your child and include height and weight on the reverse.
6. Tape several strands of hair to a piece of paper, making sure the hair is pulled from the root.