Free Child Safety Seat Checks
Did you know?
- Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States.
- Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.
- Three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly.
Free car seat checks are held by appointment only at the Park City Office at 650 Round Valley Drive. Call the Summit County Health Department at 435-333-1500 to schedule an appointment.
Certified car seat technicians will inspect your car seat(s) and answer questions such as:
- How do I lock the seatbelt to tighten down my car seat?
- How long should I keep my child rear-facing?
Five Car Seat Tips for Parents
- The Inch Test – to make sure your car seat is installed tightly, grab the base of the car seat and try to move the seat side to side. If it moves more than an inch you need to tighten it. Ask a second person to help you.
- The Pinch Test – Many parents wonder if their child’s seat belts are tight enough. For this, we recommend parents buckle up their children and do the pinch test. If you can grab any of the belts, the harness is too loose. You want your fingers to slip off the belt. Position the chest clip so it is level with your child’s armpits.
- When forward facing is safe? You are ready for a forward-facing car seat after your little passenger is age 2 or more AND has outgrown the height or weight limits on the rear-facing car seat.
- The important tether. All forward-facing car seats must be installed using a top tether. The top tether reduces the forward motion of the car seat in a crash. Your car’s owner manual will tell you exactly where the anchor is in your car. There are usually three to pick from. It could be on the back of or under the seat in an SUV, on the shelf behind the headrest or even on the ceiling. Look for a top tether anchor in your car before you select the location for your car seat.
- When can my child graduate from a Booster? Boost till 8 years old and 4’ 9” tall. Seat belts must rest on the “hard spots” of a person (i.e. Shoulders and chest vs. neck and tummy).
Alyssa Mitchell – Health Educator, Summit County Health Department
650 Round Valley Drive, Park City, UT 84060
Phone: 435-333-1508 Fax: 435-333-1580