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Did you know that an estimated 8 out of 10 child car seats are installed incorrectly?
In March 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued their new policy statement on Child Passenger Safety that includes five steps to optimize safety in the car for children from birth through adolescence:
Infant-only or convertible car safety seat used rear-facingAll infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat until they are two years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of their car safety seat.
Convertible or combination car safety seat used forward-facingAll children two years or older, or those younger than two, who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car safety seat, should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible.
Belt-positioning booster seatAll children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle lap-and-shoulder belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
Lap-and-shoulder vehicle seat beltWhen children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap-and-shoulder belts for optimal protection.
All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.
The Bremerton Fire Department does not have a car seat technician at this time.
Central Kitsap Fire & RescueAdministrative Bldg 5300 NW Newberry Hill Rd, SilverdaleCall 360-447-355 - 2nd Tuesday of the month and as available by appointment
Naval Hospital, BremertonOpen to military beneficiariesCall 360-475-4541 - By appointment
North Kitsap Fire & Rescue26642 Miller Bay Rd. NE near Kingston2nd Saturday of the month 10:00am – 1:00pm360-297-3619 - No appointment necessary
South Kitsap Fire & Rescue, Port OrchardAppointments are made on line at http://skfr.org/public-info/child-car-seat-checks