Car Seat Safety

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Car Seats InfographicApproximately 73% of the car seats inspected by our technicians are installed improperly.  To assist parents we educate and guide parents through the correct installation of their child safety seat.

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Car Seat Installations:

  • Mesa Fire and Medical Department does not provide free car seats.
  • City of Mesa Fire Stations DO NOT have car seat technicians available to assist with car seat installations.
       
  • Car seat installation appointments are only scheduled for the following days and times:
    • Tuesdays from 8:00am - 10:30am 
    • Thursdays from 1:30pm - 4:30pm (Hours are adjusted for summer months)
                         
  • Due to the high volume of requests and limited number of technicians we ask that you call approximately 3 months prior to your due date.  At times we are booking appointments one month out, so calling ahead is encouraged!
  • We ask that you clean your vehicle and the car seat prior to arriving for your scheduled appointment.  Our technicians cannot do their job effectively if they have restricted access in your vehicle.

  • If you or your child are sick as a courtesy we request that you cancel your appointment.   

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Never leave children or pets alone in hot cars!  Even for a minute...

It is never too early or too late to talk about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars. Every year children have died in hot cars across the country.  The inside of a car can reach life-threatening temperatures when outside temperatures are as low at 70 degrees.  For the Valley, that means children are at risk throughout the year.  In addition, children's thermoregulatory systems are not as efficient as adults and their body temperatures warm 3 to 5 times faster than adults.  A car parked in direct sunlight during a 100 degree day, which is typical for our area, can reach temperatures up to 170 degrees within 30 minutes.

Please remember to always check the back seat for children and follow these tips to help prevent your child from being left in a hot car:

  • Never leave a child in the car, running or not
  • Always take the child into the house first, followed by packages or groceries
  • Leave an item such a purse or briefcase in the back seat where the children are buckled in
  • Talk with childcare and family members about the dangers of being forgotten in hot cars
  • If there is a change in routine, call to follow up with care givers
  • Prevent children from playing in parked cars by locking the doors and warning them of the dangers

FAQs

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  • How do I know if my car seat is still safe to use after being involved in a car accident?

  • How do I know when my child is ready to graduate from a booster seat to a safety belt alone?

  • What is the safest way for me to transport my child in a vehicle seat?

  • Where can I find a low cost or free child safety seat?

  • Which child safety seat is the safest?

  • Why do you recommend booster seats for children up to age 8?

  • Why should I be concerned with using a second-hand safety seat?