Car Seat Checks
- March through December
- First Wednesday of each month
- 1 to 4 p.m.
Central Fire Station
201 W Washington Street
East Peoria, IL 61611
Parents and child caregivers can make sure car seats are properly installed in vehicles through this program. Nationally-trained child passenger safety technicians will be available to educate caregivers on proper installation of child restraints and best practice guidelines. According to Safe Kids, a national organization promoting car seat safety, 95% of car seats are installed incorrectly.
Those who cannot attend the monthly event can schedule an appointment for a car seat check by calling 309-698-4700 and asking for the assistant fire chief on duty. There is no charge for the appointment.
Car seat checks are not scheduled in January and February due to the uncertainty of winter weather.
For more information, call the Children's Hospital of Illinois at 877-277-6543.
Car Seat Safety Tips
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing-only “infant” car seat, he/she should travel in a rear-facing “convertible” or all-in-one car seat. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing size limits, the child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether. After outgrowing the forward-facing car seat with harness, the child should ride in a booster seat until he/she is the right size to use a seat belt safely.
Remember to register the car seat and booster seat with the car seat manufacturer so notification can be sent in the event of a recall. Parents and caregivers can view more information on car seat safety at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Website.