Keeping Kids Safe with the Child Safety Seat Inspection Program

  Child Safety Seat Inspections
   Where:  Fire Station #1 - 7830 Shaver Road

First Wednesday of each month from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and 
Third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 12 noon
  Call 329-4487 to schedule your 30-minute appointment. 

The women and men of the Portage Department of Public Safety consistently strive to improve the safety of Portage citizens, with special attention to the youngest of residents. As part of these efforts, free child safety seat inspections are offered twice monthly at Fire Station #1 located at 7830 Shaver Road.

Members of the Police and Fire divisions, along with a community volunteer, serve as child passenger safety technicians, certified by SafeKids Worldwide. The technician will check for proper fit and installation or provide help installing the seat. For more information, or to schedule a child safety seat inspection/installation, please call the Fire Division at 329-4487.

Child Passenger Safety Facts 

- Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death in children ages 1-19 years.

- Children 2-5 years who use safety belts prematurely are four times more likely to suffer serious head injuries in a crash than those in child safety seats or booster seats. 

- Of those children ages 12 and under who died in vehicle crashes in 2011, 31% were unrestrained.

- Children should ride in the rear seat until 13 years of age.