Childhood Injury Prevention

Program Information

Car seat girl picThe Injury Prevention Program works to reduce the risk of injury and death for all members of the community.  The program uses many approaches to increase public awareness, provide education, and advocate for changes in behavior. The program is open to anyone who lives in Franklin County.

Car Seat Program 

This program helps provide car seats and booster seats at a reduced cost to families in need.  To get a seat, families must participate in a one hour car seat class at Columbus Public Health.  The class teaches the safety features of the car seat and how to install it in a vehicle the right way so that it can protect the child best. All seats are new. 

Seat Costs 

  • $50.00 infant car seat
  • $40.00 convertible car seat
  • $35.00 combination car seat
  • $20.00 high back booster seat
  • $15.00 regular booster seat

The reduced cost seats are available to eligible families, based on income. For more information or to sign up for a class call (614) 645-7748.

Car Seat Checks

Certified staff members assist families who already have car seats by helping them install the seat properly into their vehicle at no cost to the family.  There are many "fitting stations" in and around Columbus where families can take their car seats to be checked to make sure they are being used the right way.

Not sure what seat is right for your child? Car Seat Chooser 

Home Safety

We work together with Action For Children and Children's Hunger Alliance in the inspection of childcare homes to insure all homes are safe for children to live and play. 

Safe Kids Central Ohio

The Safe Kids Central Ohio Coalition works to prevent unintentional injuries to children from birth through age 14.

The Safe Kids Central Ohio Coalition is a group of diverse individuals and organizations who have joined together to provide reduce childhood injury, encourage communities to take action, make practical safety improvements and raise overall community awareness of the issue and causes.  

Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB) Program

Ohio Buckles Buckeyes provides child safety seats and booster seats to eligible low income families in all Ohio counties. Its overall goal is to increase the availability of child safety seats for families who could not otherwise afford them and to help make sure they are being used correctly. In order to receive an OBB seat, income eligible families (such as a family enrolled in the WIC program) must attend a one hour car seat class at Columbus Public Health. 

For more information or to sign up for a class call (614) 645-7748.

Publications

Car Seat Check Schedule Updated December 18, 2013 
To assist families who already have car seats and help install them properly.

Resources & Links

Location, Hours, Contact

Location

Columbus Public Health

Car Seat Checks at various locations -
see Car Seat Check Schedule 
or call for information

Hours

Mon - Fri
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact

(614) 645-7748
Health@columbus.gov