The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers a standardized training program designed to educate individuals who wish to become certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians.
Boyd Dailey, chief of the Viola Fire Department, attended this four-day training in Jacksonville and obtained his certification as a CPS Technician. Program topics included injury prevention and crash dynamics, functions of NHTSA, safety belt systems, identification and installation of child safety seats, identification of misuse of child restraints, and child passenger safety in other vehicles and modes of transportation.
"We are excited that Boyd was able to become certified. This is a need the Fulton County Healthy Arkansas Coalition (FCHAC) has wanted to fill for our county for quite some time. Now that he has obtained this certification, we were able to obtain a grant that will help supply our youth with the proper child passenger restraints," said Wanda Koelling, Fulton County Health Unit Administrator and FCHAC co-chairperson.
Selection of an appropriate seat for the child's height, weight, and age, seating position, and proper installation work together to protect children in the event of a motor vehicle crash. "A child can be riding in a seat appropriate for him, but if the seat moves more than an inch from side to side or is located in front of an airbag, serious injury can still occur," according to Boyd Dailey. "In fact, nine out of every 10 seats that are checked are in need of correction. It may be as uncomplicated as tightening the harness on a child who weighs less than 40 pounds, but that simple correction can save a life."
"It's a parent's responsibility to make sure a child's car seat is properly installed and adjusted. I'm here to show you how," says Dailey.
For more information, please contact Wanda Koelling at Fulton County Health Unit, 870-895-3300