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The amazing world of child passenger safety technicians

Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of taking 15 new child passenger safety technicians through the 32-hour Child Passenger Safety Certification. This was an amazing group of people who are now going to be working in their communities to make sure all children are riding safely.

September 17-22 is National Child Passenger Safety Week – it’s not only a great opportunity make sure your car seat is properly installed but to also thank child passenger safety technicians in our community.  Technicians typically work at hospitals, fire and police departments, health departments and other community serving organizations.

You may ask how the car seats could possibly fill 32 hours of curriculum. You would be amazed – I thought the same thing.  Technicians know all about crash dynamics, seat belt systems in vehicles, the LATCH system and all about the different types of car seats.  Technicians are also taught to be educators – not just car seat installers – so that they can assist parents in really understanding how to use car seats.

The most amazing element of technicians (and I’m biased I admit) is that this dedicated groups of typically volunteers will spend hours in a hot parking lot in the back of even hotter cars making sure car seats are installed correctly. These dedicated people, who have seen all sorts of vehicles and car seats (think of the crud that is in your child’s car seat) and continue to do what they do for the sake of kids.  I’d say pretty amazing!

Thank a child passenger safety technician – pretty incredible people keeping kids safe in our community!

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