Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center recently partnered with the Orange County Traffic Safety Program to hold a free car seat check for the community. Child Passenger Safety Technicians were on hand to educate parents on how to properly install and use car safety seats and boosters.
The Car Seat Check was headed by Car Seat Safety Technicians in training, who received their certifications upon completion of the safety event. There were 19 students in the Child Passenger Safety Technician class. Nine of the students were Orange Regional Staff members from the Children’s Emergency Department and Trauma Program. The class was led by NYS Safe Kids and required 40 hours of study, hands-on experience and three written exams. Angela Marchionni, RN and Colleen Minnock, Trauma Program/AC Surgery Service Coordinator took the lead on ensuring that Orange Regional Staff members certified. Child Passenger Safety Technician certifications last for three years.
During the Car Seat Check, 40 child restraints were checked in 35 vehicles. The top misuses cited with rear-facing seats were: loose harness straps, loose seats, incorrect use of lower anchors and use of non-regulated (aftermarket) products. In forward-facing seats the top misuses were: loose seats, loose harness straps, incorrect placement of chest clips and non-use of tethers.
New York state law requires that children under the age of eight must be secured in an appropriate child safety seat, although the state strongly recommends booster seats for older children who weigh less than 40 pounds.
For more information on Orange Regional services, visit http://www.ormc.org. Orange Regional is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.