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Free Car Seat Education for Parents

General, Safety

CENTRAL VALLEY – Vehicle collisions are the No. 1 cause of death among children in Kings County, according to Safe Kids Kings County.

To help protect children, Adventist Health / Central Valley Network has become the first in the Central Valley, and one of a few healthcare security departments in the West Coast, to have its security officers certified to teach parents how to properly install car seats.

The first demonstration was given on May 1, 2017, at the Family Birth Center in Hanford.

Clinical Security Officer Lane Boespflug showed new father Jeremy McKillips how to properly secure a car seat in his vehicle.

“It’s been really helpful in teaching us how to properly put in the car seat and keep our baby safe,” says McKillips. “It definitely brings a lot more peace of mind.”

Three security officers with Adventist Health / Central Valley Network became nationally certified car seat technicians after undergoing a week-long training, paid for by the California Highway Patrol.

“Our goal is to get the majority of our officers trained, so that when parents leave the hospital, they feel confident that they can keep their baby safe in their vehicle,” says Alfred Lopez, Central Valley Network security manager.

Currently, certified officers are available to educate parents at Adventist Health Family Birth Centers in Hanford and Reedley, and at its more than 40 rural health clinics.

“It’s just amazing, because even me as a grandfather, I wasn’t installing the car seats properly,” says Boespflug. “Once the parents leave, they’re happy, I’m happy, and you see the smiles on their faces. That makes it all worth it.”

More information about the Car Seat Technician program is available by calling 559-794-1385.