We are proud to be associated with Beaumont Health Systems and, like us, they are committed to your health and safety. We’re lucky that Beaumont’s Erica Surman, BSN/RN, and Pediatric Trauma Program Manager, is one of our patients and oversees the Car Safety Seat Program.
September is Baby Safety Month and next week we observe National Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept 15 – 21, 2013) and National Seat Check Saturday (Sept 21, 2013).
We talked with Erica about the importance of making sure your car seat is installed correctly and the many options available to you through Beaumont to ensure your children are safe.
Q: Tell us about your role with Beaumont and their Car Safety Seat program.
A: I am a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician as part of my position as the Pediatric Trauma Program manager. To be certified, you must take a 40 hour course, complete several quizzes, both a final written and practical exam. I must participate in at least 2 car seat events, prove that I have adequate continuing education and have 6 witnessed installations by a Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor every two years.
Q: At Oakland-Macomb OBGYN, we deliver babies at Troy Beaumont. Is there a Car Safety Seat check, there?
A: Troy Beaumont actually piloted the program for the in-room car seat education through the Beaumont Parenting Program. They have a technician that comes into the rooms of first time parents and offers education on proper use. At this time they are unable to check the seat inside of the car, so they are often referred to our bi-monthly community car seat check events. The car seat checks are free, but are done by appointment only. We also did a car seat safety check event at the Beaumont Baby Fair!
Q: What is the most common mistake people make when installing or re-installing a car seat?
A: Most people do not read the manual for their car seat, and I was one of those people. Most everything you need to know is in the manual!
Q: Where can our patients go to make sure their car seats are installed correctly?
A: For an appointment I recommend calling early, as we fill up very quickly! 248-898-SAFE (7233). We have two locations, Mike Savoie Chevrolet in Troy, and the Waterford Fire Station # 7. You can also locate a station on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: http://icsw.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/. Unfortunately many programs have cut car seat safety checks due to budget constraints, so please call first to make sure they still offer their program.
Q: Is there anything else our patients should know about car seats and car seat safety?
A: Car seat safety checks are more than just making sure the seat is in tight. Each appointment is more like a mini class which often takes approximately 30 minutes per seat (per vehicle). We will first check your seat for recalls and expiration. A technician will then show you how to install your seat properly, and then make sure you do it on your own before you leave. We also talk about proper harnessing of your child, as well as the next steps for when they outgrow their current seat. It has been estimated that more than 80% of seats are misused!
On behalf of everyone at Oakland-Macomb OBGYN, we thank Erica Surman for her time, her efforts, and for this great advice.
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