CHILD CAR SEAT EDUCATION
Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death in children. Child car seats save lives, and are required by law.
South County Fire offers two options to help you learn more:
Free child car seat safety class
Kids spend a lot of time in the car, so it is important to learn how to keep them safe on the road.
FACT: Three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly.
The best way to keep your child safe is to use the right car seat in the right way. We know car seats can be confusing so we hope you will join us for our free car seat safety class where you will learn how to properly use your car seat from birth to the adult seat belt.
Classes are offered on the first Thursday of each month, 6-8 p.m., at Martha Lake Fire Station 21
Child car seat check ups by appointment
We provide free child car seat check ups with a certified child passenger safety technician. Please request an appointment in advance; we cannot accommodate drop-ins.
Child Passenger Safety Basics
Always read your child car seat owner’s manual and your vehicle owner’s manual for installation instructions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:
- Keep infants and toddlers in rear-facing seats until they are at least 2 years of age or reach the maximum weight and height limits allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
- When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats until they reach the upper weight or height limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
- Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should ride in booster seats until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, usually between age 8-12 years old.
- When children outgrow their booster seats, they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly. To learn more about proper fit: When is my child ready for an adult seat belt?
- Children under age 13 must ride in the back seat.