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
- All car seat technicians and those receiving the education/installation help will need to wear masks at all times.
- Cars will be three parking spaces apart, which is more than the recommended 6 feet for social distancing. The spaces will be marked off by numbers created on the pavement and by cones.
- The only people allowed to be near the car are the technician and the family receiving the education and installation help.
- We will do our best to only have 10 people at a time at the check, including the technician and participants.
- There will be no more than three technicians attending the event.
- Attendees are encouraged to only bring the necessary people to the car seat check.
- The adult receiving the education will fill out the paperwork while in their car and keep it until it is their turn to be helped.
- If people want to get out of the car, there will designated spaces where they will stand.
- For those who remain in their car, there will be a waiting area in the same lane as the car in front of them but they will be a parking space length apart.
- After the person has been helped they will return the clipboard and it will be wiped down with Cavid Wipes to ensure it is sanitized for the next person.
- Technicians will use hand sanitizer after helping a family to ensure they clean for the next family.
- For those who make an appointment, they will be given the instructions beforehand. For those who drive up, they will be given the information upon arrival.
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 309-427-7670. 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.