Child Safety Seats
Is your child's seat safe?
Motor vehicle crashes are
the leading cause of death and injury
for children in America.
All 50 states & the District of
Columbia have passed mandatory child safety seat usage laws.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, car seat installations are suspended until further notice
Car Seat Installations
Need help installing a car seat, or want to make sure yours is installed properly? Tamarac Fire Rescue offers free car seat installations and checks for residents at Tamarac Fire Station 15, located at 6000 Hiatus Road. Car seat installations take about 20 minutes while seat checks typically take from 10 to 15 minutes. Appointments are required.
Make an Appointment
Appointments are scheduled between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and between the hours of 8 am and 11 am on Tuesday and Thursday. Just complete the online appointment request form and a representative from our department will contact you within 24 hours of receiving it. Or call our Child Safety Seat Technician Van Schoen directly at (954) 597-3805 if you prefer to schedule an appointment by telephone. Please note, appointment days and times can vary.
If a car seat must be installed immediately as a result of an emergency situation, please contact our Child Safety Seat Technician Van Schoen at (954) 597-3805 or Fire Administration at (954) 597-3800.
Car Seat Safety Tips*
- The back seat is generally the safest place for a child in the event of a crash
- Infants should ride in rear facing seats with restraints, until two years old
- Read your car seat and vehicle owner’s manuals for information on safety systems installed
- You will find the weight and height specifications here too
- The car seat harness should be adjusted so you can slip one finger underneath the straps at your child’s chest
- The clip goes at armpit level
- Keep your child in a safety seat with a full harness as long as possible
- Normally, until they weigh at least 40 pounds
- A belt-positioning booster seat is recommended for children between 40 to 80 pounds
- It is used with the adult lap and shoulder belt
- Avoid placing a child under age 12 in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with an air bag
- Avoid using second-hand child safety restraints or restraints that have been involved in a crash
- Always read carefully both the vehicle owner’s manual and the seat manufacturer’s instructions
- Always be aware of safety seat expiration dates
*These tips were taken from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s "Transportation Safety Tips" and do not provide all the information/skills needed to install a child safety seat. Additional information can be found at NHTSA’s web site