Unintentional injuries are the #1 cause of death and disability for children under the age of 19 in the United States. Safe Kids District of Columbia is committed to helping children and families prevent injuries through educational programs and outreach activities which include:
Safe Kids DC is one of over 400 coalitions across the country that make up Safe Kids Worldwide. Founded in 1988 at Children's National, Safe Kids Worldwide's global mission is to reduce childhood injuries from cars, sports, drownings, falls, poisonings, and more. One way Safe Kids DC fulfills this common goal is through education about fire and burn prevention. That's why at Children's National, Safe Kids DC is part of the division of Trauma and Burn Surgery.
Safe Kids D.C. and its community partners operate several car seat inspection and installation stations throughout the city to teach fa.m.ilies how to safely transport children. All inspection stations are operated by nationally certified child passenger safety technicians (CPSTs) and instructors (CPST-Is). This service is provided free of charge to families and the community at large.
During a car seat inspection or installation, we will:
- Weigh and measure the child
- Provide hands-on instruction to the parent/caregiver regarding proper installation
- Check for recalls
- Check the expiration date
- Check for broken or missing car seat parts
- Provide education to avoid heatstroke-related injuries
For more safety tips and information on selecting the right car seat for your child, check out the Safe Kids Ultimate Car Seat Guide.
We offer car seat inspections, no appointment required, at locations across the city.
Children's National Main Campus
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
Monday: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
District Department of Transportation (DDOT)*
55 M St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
DMV Inspection Station
1001 Half Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
6 a.m. - 2 p.m. (June-Sept)
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.(Oct-May)
Metropolitan Police Department
501 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tuesday (“Booster Seat Tuesdays”): 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Let our team of experienced professionals help keep your family safe. If your group or organization is interested in hosting a car seat check event, contact us.