Car Seat Safety

 The Delaware County Child Passenger Safety Program provides the following services:

  • Check car/booster seat installations
  • Provide “In Your Neighborhood Car Seat Check Events”
  • Distribute free car/booster seats to qualifying residents of Delaware County
  • Provide child passenger safety education and training

A large portion of funding and support to maintain the program and provide car seats is provided by the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program of  the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the Safe Kids Buckle Up program of SafeKids Worldwide, the Friends For Life Fund, the Delaware County Kiwanis Clubs and private donations.

Top 5 Things to Do at Home

  • 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. Keep all children in a back seat until they are 13.
  • Right Direction. Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by your car seat manufacturer. Many kids will be 2 years or more when they outgrow their rear-facing car seat. Move your child to a forward-facing car seat when they are too tall or heavy for a rear-facing convertible seat. Make sure to adjust the harness straps and attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower attachments (LATCH) after making the change.
  • 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. Certified child passenger safety technicians are waiting to help or even double check your work. Contact the Delaware Public Health District to request an appointment with a certified child passenger safety technician.

Car Seat Inspection Stations

2021 Car Seat Events

To have a car seat inspection OR to apply for free car seat:
1. Register with us online
2. E-mail us
3. Call us at (740) 203-2079

CENTRAL Delaware County, Ohio:

Delaware Public Health District
1 W. Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
Request an appointment at 740-203-2079,
Online registration:

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
Request appointment: 740-833-2800
CPST: Stephanie Herrington: 6am-2pm, OFF Tuesday & Wednesday

BST&G Fire District Station #350
350 West Cherry Street, Sunbury, Ohio 43074
Request appointment at

Delaware County EMS
Station #2-Sunbury, 283 W Granville St. Galena, 43021
CPST: Shelley Gannon, 3 Unit

Station #7-Genoa, 6305 Frost Road, Westerville, 43082
CPST: Jenny Ransom, 3 Unit
Request appointment: 740-833-2190 (Can reach Admin M – F)

Concord Township Fire Department Station 341
7990 Dublin Road, Delaware 43015
Request appointment: or 740-881-5997 (Prevention Office)

Liberty Township Fire Department Station #322
10150 Sawmill Parkway Powell 43065
Request appointment: Lt. Tom Saunders, M-F 7am-3pm: 740-938-2027

Powell Police Department
47 Hall Street, Powell Ohio 43065
Contact: Officer Audrey Wilt
Request appointment: or call 614-396-3324

Orange Township Fire Department Station #362
307 Old State Road, Delaware 43015
Request appointment:

Elm Valley Fire Station
9821 State Route 42 North, Ashley, Ohio 43003
Contact Amy Ritter or Craig Dilley between M-F, 9am-4pm, at (740) 747-2510;
Or email:;