Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center in partnership with the Orange County Traffic Safety Program will offer a free car seat check for the community on Saturday, June 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to educate parents on how to properly install and use car safety seats and boosters. All expecting parents and parents of children up to 12 years old are welcome. The event will take place at Orange Regional Medical Center, Parking Lot D, located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. The Orange County Traffic Safety Program and the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee are sponsoring the event.
“We are very pleased to hold this important safety check to help families across our region ensure that their children’s car seats are in good working condition and properly secured,” said Angela Marchionni, RN, Injury Prevention/EMS Liaison/PI Coordinator, Trauma Program at Orange Regional. “Even if you purchase a top-of-the-line seat, it does little good if it’s broken or buckled incorrectly. Technicians will thoroughly check your car seat and provide careful instructions on how to make sure it’s completely safe and secure for your child.”
According to SafeNY, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of hospitalization for young children, especially those under two years old. Unrestrained children are up to four times more likely to suffer serious injuries in these crashes compared to those who are properly secured in a car seat. The agency also estimates that the use of safety seats reduces the risk of death for infants by approximately 71 percent.
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.