East Lake Fire Rescue Provides Virtual Car Seat Checks
Although the East Lake Fire Rescue Fire and Life Safety Educator, Claudia Faiola, might not be able to get in your car and show you how to install a car seat in person right now due to COVID-19, she is available to assist you virtually. Whether you have Zoom or facebook messenger video, Claudia will work with you to ensure you install your child’s car seat correctly! To schedule a virtual car seat check appointment, email (redacted).
Interested in getting your car seat checked by a Child Passenger Safety Technician? Schedule an appointment with P.E.O Claudia Faiola by calling 727-784-8668 ex. 204.
Individual car seat checks are conducted free of charge at East Lake Fire Rescue by appointment. If you would like assistance from a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure that your seat is installed properly, please call 727-784-8668 ex. 204 to schedule an appointment.
If you reside outside of our area and would like to find a car seat check near you, please call 892-KIDS.
Car Seat Checkup
Here is a parents child seat checkup checklist provided to you by Safe kids
Right Seat. This is an easy one. Check the label on your car seat to make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age, weight and height. Like milk, your car seat has an expiration date. Just double check the label on your car seat to make sure it is still safe.
Right Place. Kids are VIPs, just ask them. We know all VIPs ride in the back seat, so keep all children in the back seat until they are 13.
Right Direction. You want to keep your child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible, usually until around age 2. When he or she outgrows the seat, move your child to a forward-facing car seat. Make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower anchors.
Inch Test. Once your car seat is installed, give it a good shake at the base. Can you move it more than an inch side to side or front to back? A properly installed seat will not move more than an inch.
Pinch Test. Make sure the harness is tightly buckled and coming from the correct slots (check car seat manual). Now, with the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing, you’re good to go.
Please read the vehicle and car seat instruction manuals to help you with this checklist. If you are having even the slightest trouble, questions or concerns, don’t worry about a thing. Certified child passenger safety technicians are waiting to help or even double check your work.