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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
or contact Safe Kids Maine at (207) 899-9461 or
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. -
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.
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. -
Safe Kids Maine partners with the Lisbon Fire Department to launch a smoke
alarm education, distribution and installation project. -
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.
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
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