Become a life-saver, register now for certified child passenger safety technician class in May

The Hamilton's van after the accident

The Hamilton’s van after the accident

Anne Hamilton was on a road trip with her three small children when the Tujunga, Calif. family’s van hit debris in the road sending it airborne. The vehicle then hit the guardrail, spun across the highway into a ditch, hit a rock and flipped over landing on its roof. Emergency responders said when they see vehicles as crushed as the Hamilton’s, they assume any children inside are dead.

Despite the high impact forces at play, Hamilton’s children lived and escaped major injury. Hamilton is convinced it was her training as a certified child passenger safety technician that made the difference.

“As soon as I became aware that car crashes are the biggest killer of American children, it made sense to me to learn exactly how to protect my babies properly,” she said.

Empower yourself. A national standardized child passenger safety training class is available May 27-30 and is open to everyone.

The Hamilton girls Emma (6), Bridget (4) and Maggie (2)

The Hamilton girls
Emma (6), Bridget (4) and Maggie (2)

Hamilton’s 4-year-old daughter, Bridget, was closest to the impact and suffered a broken leg. Six-year-old Emma only had some bruising and 2-year-old Maggie was completely unscathed. Hamilton and her family were better prepared than most for what could have been a devastating scenario. As a certified child passenger safety tech, Hamilton’s children were buckled up properly. The car seats were installed correctly, whereas some 85 percent of car seats are not. Properly installed car seats reduce fatal injury by more than 70 percent for infants and by 54 percent for children through age 4.

The four-day class covers the damage crash forces can cause to a child, the different types of seatbelts and restraints, the different challenges of installing a car seat with so many choices available – not  to mention the different vehicles on the market. The class also covers the safest places for children in a vehicle, what to do if multiple children needed secured, legally what you are allowed to do and not do when checking seats. And more.

The training is being offered through Safe Kids Pima County, as a program of Safe Kids Worldwide, and is considered the gold standard of child passenger safety. Space is limited.

National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training Class
Tuesday, May 27 – Friday, May 30, 2014

▪ Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday class time: 8 am – 5 pm
▪ Friday hands-on demo: 8 am – 1 pm
▪ Classes are held at TPD’s Miracle Mile Substation
▪ 1310 W. Miracle Mile
▪ Cost: $85

You must attend all four days.

To enroll: http://cert.safekids.org/log
Safe Kids Course #AZ20140303224
Questions? Eric Bejarano, Safe Kids Pima County, Motor Vehicle Safety Rep. – Eric.Bejarano@tucsonaz.gov

How to score a FREE car seat, along with life-saving information

Motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death for children.

According to Arizona’s 2012 annual child fatality report, 88 children died as the result of motor vehicle crashes in Arizona alone.  26 of these children were under age 10.  In many cases, these children died because they were improperly restrained in a vehicle, or not restrained at all.  Sadly, most of these deaths were determined to have been preventable.

car seatParents and caregivers can ensure their children are as safe as they can possibly be by buckling up themselves, and having the proper car seat for each child, based on their size and age.  But just having the seat isn’t enough.  Those seats need to be installed correctly.  And the child needs to be buckled up properly every single time, regardless of the length of the trip.

But not every car seat is compatible with every vehicle.  Bottom line: There’s a lot to know, and it’s easy for parents and caregivers to unintentionally install a seat incorrectly.  In fact, an estimated 85 percent of car seats are installed wrong.  Properly installed car seats reduce fatal injury by more than 70 percent for infants and by 54 percent for children through age 4.

Part of Tucson Medical Center’s mission is to provide education to families, along with the car seat. 

On Saturday, March 29, TMC and Tucson Police are hosting a car seat class at TPD’s Westside substation, 1310 W. Miracle Mile.  Parents and caregivers will attend a 90 minute class, and leave with a FREE car seat appropriate for their child’s age and weight.  One seat per family please.

Four classes will be offered that morning: 8, 8:30, 9:30 and 10.  Please arrange for child care while you attend class.  Each class can accept 50 people max.  Sign up today by calling TMC’s Desert Kids Safety Program at (520) 324-5604, or you can sign up at Be Safe Saturday, held on the TMC campus in parking lot #11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22.  Look for Desert Kids Safety or Tucson Police Department in tent B!


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