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Safe Kids Maine to Offer Car Seat Safety Class

Safe Kids Maine, in collaboration with New Gloucester Fire & Rescue, will conduct a Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Class in May at New Gloucester Fire & Rescue. Class dates are May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31 and June 2. A free public car seat checkup event will take place on the final day of the class. “The class is designed to teach those who transport children or who provide education to parents and caregivers about the safest methods of transporting children including how to install car seats correctly”, states Suzanne Grace, State Coalition Coordinator with Safe Kids Maine. “Those who attend the class include law enforcement officers, fire and EMS personnel, healthcare professionals, transportation providers, child care centers, school bus drivers and a variety of other professions”, Grace states. “A nurse who completed a previous class with us stated ‘As an RN, I have attended more training courses than I can count (~100 CEUs/year x 20 years!) and this was by far the most organized and truly “learning-focused” program I have been to.” Successful completion of the class provides national certification for two years as a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Recertification at the end of the two years is available and is encouraged. For additional information, visit www.maineseatcheck.org or contact Safe Kids Maine at (207) 899-9461 or safekidsmaine@tallpinesafety.org.




Be Safe on Independence Day

Fireworks can cause serious burn and eye injuries.  In 2010, 3,400 children under age 15 were injured by fireworks.  Of these injuries, over 70% occurred in the weeks surrounding July 4th. - more.



Safe Kids Maine urges families to “Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car”

With warm weather and summer vacation just around the corner, and our first warm weather of the year possible this weekend, Safe Kids Maine reminds families about child deaths from heat stroke. - more.



Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Class Scheduled. Applications are being accepted for the fall CPS Technician Certification Class that will be held on 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20 and 10/22/2011 at Falmouth Fire-EMS. - more.



May is Bike Safety Month! Did you know that bikes are associated with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except automobiles?  Sadly, child bicycling deaths increase 45% above the month average in the summer. With 27.7 million children riding bikes, we know there are too many of those kids riding without a helmet. - more.




Safe Kids Maine partners with the Lisbon Fire Department to launch a smoke alarm education, distribution and installation project. - more.  



Safe Kids USA Endorses American Academy of Pediatrics Child Passenger Safety Recommendations

Safe Kids USA wholeheartedly endorses the newest child passenger safety recommendations developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Congratulations go out to Dr. Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE for the comprehensive look at these timely child passenger safety issues.



3.16.11 - Safe Kids Maine participated with a child passenger safety exhibit at a health fair at Kennebec Valley Community College on March 16, 2011. Assistance was provided to nursing students at KVCC to create an interactive exhibit for other students to identify various car seat misuse scenarios. A CPS Instructor from Safe Kids Maine was available to answer technical questions and conduct correct use demonstrations.


Car seat exhibit at the KVCC Health Fair displaying various misuse errors

that are commonly made by parents and caregivers. 3/16/11


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1.4.11 - Safe Kids Maine Has a New Lead Agency  

  Tall Pine Safety Resource Center (TPSRC) has been approved as the Lead Agency for Safe Kids Maine.  The Executive Director for TPSRC, Suzanne Grace, was the former State Coalition Coordinator for Safe Kids Maine when it was led by GPCOG from 2003 to 2008.  "GPCOG decided not to remain as the Lead Agency for Safe Kids Maine so the state was without a Safe Kids presence for over a year before the Tall Pine Safety Resource Center applied to become the Lead Agency," states Grace.  TPSRC's website is http://www.tallpinesafety.org



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