Applications for child car seats are now available for low-income families in Orland Township. Applications will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Orland Township office located at 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park.
To receive a car seat, families must fill out a brief application, provide proof of residency, a birth certificate of the child needing the car seat and proof of income. Child car seats are available in three sizes: infant (1 to 20 pounds), convertible (20-40 pounds) and booster (over 40 pounds). Child car seats are provided through Orland Park Fire Protection, IDOT and Orland Township Food Pantry.
Car seats reduce the risk of fatal injuries in infants and small children. It is a statewide requirement that children up to 18 months be restrained by a child safety seat when traveling by car. Illinois law requires any child under the age of eight to be secured in a child safety seat. If that child weighs more than 40 pounds, he or she may sit in the backseat of the vehicle as long as he or she is secured by a lap belt. Children under 40 pounds must be restrained by a child safety seat.
Please visit the Orland Township website, www.orlandtownship.org, or call (708)403-4222 for more information.