EORH Supports Child Seat Safety AwarenessThursday, September 25, 2014
Statistics show that every year thousands of children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes, which is the leading cause of death for children ages one to 13. While road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths in children, correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk by as much as 71 percent.
Certified child safety seat technicians from East Ohio Regional Hospital routinely provide hands-on instructions for installing car and booster seats at community events throughout the Ohio Valley.
Lynette DeBertrand, nurse manager for The Birth Place at EORH and coordinator for the Belmont County Child Passenger Safety Program, believes that education and awareness about proper car seat usage could save lives.
“During a car seat check, our goal is to reassure parents if their child is in the appropriate seat and if the seat is being used properly,” said DeBertrand. “Often parents don't know where to turn with their car seat concerns. Our trained car seat technicians are on hand to answer questions and to make sure your child is safe while riding in the car.”
EORH manages the Belmont County Ohio Buckeye Buckle Program, which is supported through grants from the statewide initiative of the Ohio Department of Health's child passenger safety program, Ohio Buckles Buckeyes. This program provides child safety seats and booster seats to eligible low-income families in all Ohio counties. The overall goal of this program is to increase the availability of child safety seats for families who could not otherwise afford them and to increase correct installation and proper use of child safety seats.
EORH’s trained car seat technicians ensure that the child restraint is appropriate for the child and properly installed in the vehicle. If the inspection finds the car seat is unsafe, or not the right type for the child, parents receive a new car seat, free of charge, based on financial need.
DeBertrand's hope is that these community events will help decrease the number of preventable injuries in children. The hospital also offers special appointments to anyone who would like to have their child’s car or booster seat inspected at no cost to the family. For appointment, call (740) 633-4179. For more information about child car seat safety, visit safekids.org.
Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling, W. Va., and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River. We are the Ohio Valley's community hospitals.