Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States. To make matters worse, more than half of car seats are not used or installed correctly.
You can keep your child safe while traveling by having the right car seat installed in the right way. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%. Arvada Fire is here to help ensure your family is safe on the road, too!
Child Passenger Safety Program
Every single Arvada Fires station has a Child Passenger Safety Technician available 24/7. Technicians provide instruction and education on the proper use and installation of car seats.
No appointments are needed and drop-ins are encouraged between 7 am and 7 pm at any station. Crews may be unavailable when conducting their duties, like responding to calls. To call ahead about station availability, please call 303-424-3012.
Child Passenger Safety Tips
Buying the right car seat. Your baby needs to ride in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible until 2 or more years. When your child has outgrown that seat, you are ready for a forward-facing car seat.
Installing your car seat. You'll need to decide on using either the seat belt or lower anchors to secure your car seat. Both are safe but don't use them both at the same time. Once your child is forward-facing, it is important to use the tether with the seat belt or lower anchors.
Getting the right fit. A properly-fitted harness gives the best possible protection for your child.
When to change your car seat. Look on the car seat label to make sure your child is still within the weight, height, and age limits for that seat.