Children's Safety Village of Central Florida

Programs

The following are the programs.



Car Seat/Child Passenger Safety

Car Seat Installation Service

Did you know that more than 7 out of 10 car seats are incorrectly installed?

For only $25 your seat will be inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Each seat is routinely:

  •  checked for manufacturer recalls
  •  adjusted for proper fit to your child
  •  you will be taught how to correctly install the seat and make as needed adjustments as your child grows

Call 407-521-4673 for a one-on-one appointment today!*

*Appointments are booked M-F at the Children’s Safety Village 910 Fairvilla Road Orlando, FL 32808. Arrangements can be made to meet within Orange County at a sheriff’s office substation. Free monthly car seat check events are also available, please check out our Events page, our Facebook page, SafeKids Orange County's page, or call for more information.

When Crashes Occur...

Most crashes occur close to home on roads with low speed limits. When used correctly, car seats can prevent injuries and save lives. Secure children properly every time they ride! Tragically, many children are not secured at all. Fire / Rescue and law enforcement personnel hear the excuses at accident scenes: "We were just a few minutes from home..." or "He was crying and wanted to be held..."

No excuse will bring them back. Crashes can happen to anyone - even you! Take the time to keep your children safe. For more information visit "SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP" at www.safekids.org.

Our Technicians and Instructors teach various programs on and off property at the Children's Safety Village and are not always available on site. You can get your car seat checked by attending one of the checkpoints listed on our Events page, our Facebook page, SafeKids Orange County's page, or call for more information.

Children's Safety Village/SafeKids contacts for child passenger safety:

Carrisa Johns
CPS Tech/Instructor 
safekids@ocfl.net
407-521-4673 ext 114

Carol Mazzocco
CPS Tech/Instructor
csmazz@bellsouth.net
407-595-4464

Which seat is right for your child?

»  Infants until at least 2 years old and at least 20 pounds should be in a REAR-FACING CAR SEAT.

Infants must ride in the back seat facing the rear of the vehicle. This offers the best protection for your infant's head, neck, and spine. Recline the rear-facing seat to a 45 degree angle. If the seat doesn't want to stay angled, a firmly rolled towel under the seat may help. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that children remain rear-facing until at least their second birthday or to the rear-facing limit of their car seat.

»  Kids over 2 years old and between 20 and 40 pounds can be in a FORWARD-FACING CAR SEAT.

Once your child has reached the rear-facing limits of their seat, they can ride in a forward-facing car seat. It is important that the seat's harness straps be fitted properly. Route the harness straps in slots above shoulder level. The harness clip should be at armpit level. Place the seat in the upright position and keep the harness straps snug.

»  Kids between 40 and about 80 pounds (usually 4 to 8 years old) should be in BOOSTER SEATS.

A booster seat makes lap and shoulder belts fit correctly: low over hips and upper thighs, and snug over the shoulders. These seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belts (booster seats cannot be used where there is only a lap belt in the car) and children should continue to use them until they fit correctly using just the seat belt.

»  Usually kids over 80 pounds and 8 years old can fit correctly in LAP / SHOULDER BELTS.

One way to tell if your child is ready is to check to see if their knees are bent at the edge of the seat without slouching. Never put shoulder belts under kids' arms or behind their backs. The vehicle safety belt was designed for a person that is 4’9” and around 80 pounds.

Before you hit the road take a minute to be sure your child is riding safely. Study your vehicle owner's manual and car seat instructions carefully.

  • Never place a rear-facing infant in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger air bag (unless you have a manual cut-off switch and have turned it off!). The back seat is the safest place for kids of any age.
  • Send in the car seat registration card to be notified in case your car seat is recalled. If you have any questions call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline (888-DASH-2DOT).
  • Replace any car seat that has been involved in a crash.
  • Route the safety belt correctly through the car seat.
  • Correctly buckle the car seat into the vehicle using either the seat belt or the lower anchors of the LATCH system.
  • Get a tight fit -- the seat should not move more than one inch from side to side or toward the front of the vehicle.
  • Check your vehicle owner's manual to see if you need a locking clip. Not all safety belts will secure your car seat without it.

Field Trips to the Village

School Field Trip Experience

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Children’s Safety Village Field Trip Brochure
School Field Trip Reservation Request Form

Your school field trip experience at the Children’s Safety Village, starts in our "miniature city" known as the Children's Safety Village.  Our child-size “village” is built on a nine acre site and includes nine miniature buildings with paved sidewalks and streets, a functioning traffic light and crosswalk signals, railroad crossing and lights, a fire safety house, and a water safety complex with an indoor pool.

CSV utilizes unique teaching concepts to provide children with a realistic approach to recognizing safety hazards found in their everyday life. “Active learning combined with multi-level experiences” is the educational philosophy that guides every aspect of our programs. Your students will learn how to practice safety through hands-on exercises, role-playing activities, and interactive techniques. Educational research has proven that children who experience safety education have significantly fewer accidents.

TELL ME and I'll forget,

SHOW ME and I may remember,

INVOLVE ME and I will understand!

CSV’s field trip experience is great for public and private schools, learning academies, faith-based organizations, home schools, childcare and day care centers, Head Start programs, after-school programs, Scout Troops, community and neighborhood centers.

CSV programs include: Bicycle and Helmet Safety, Pedestrian Safety, Water Safety, Fire Safety and Prevention, Dangerous Person Awareness, Internet Safety, and Poison Prevention. All programs collate with Florida Next Generation Standards.

Safety Facts

  • Florida leads the nation in drowning, more than three times the national average.
  • Children start 70% of all fires resulting in the death of a child.
  • Every minute, four children are brain damaged as a result of a bicycle accident.
  • Children under five and adolescents between the ages of 15-24 have the highest drowning rates.

Registration Information

To Book A Field Trip : Download and fill out a Field Trip Registration Request.

Fax completed form to 407-521-4676 or email to Juanita.black@ocfl.net

Programs are offered Monday- Friday, between 9:30 – 12:00. Field trip programs begin at 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. and are one hour and a half in length. Teachers should select two programs and group size should not exceed 65 students. Programs are subject to change without notice due to the availability of safety instructor.

Field Trip Fee$5.00 per student

Chaperone Ratio: 1 free adult for every 10 students

Educator’s Guide

We are dedicated to making your field trip visit better than ever! All our programs and demonstrations are interactive, hands-on and share important safety rules and information with students, parents, and teachers.


Fire Safety Programs

Fire Safety Hits Home for All Ages

The Fire Safety House at the Children's Safety Village looks so much like a real house, you might be tempted to ask who lives there...and, no, it isn't Sparky the fire dog. Although, he does make frequent trips here to teach fire safety.

The Fire Safety House was designed by well-known architect Dirk Arace with the idea of presenting fire safety hazards similar to those children might encounter in their own homes.

This comprehensive program includes a trip through the house complete with a tour of the living room, kitchen, and bedroom. Children learn methods of exit, how to avoid hazards such as the fireplace (this one actually works), pots on the kitchen stove, and space heaters, and how to "fall and crawl" in the event of smoke and fire.

Then comes the time to practice what you've learned. Artificial smoke is pumped in through the smoke generation system, smoke alarms go off, and doors become hot to the touch.

Participants are guided through the process by Orange County Fire Rescue Division Fire Life Safety Education Officers.

The tour ends at an outside meeting place by a child-size version of a public pay phone where everyone can practice dialing 911.

Children's Safety Village of Central Florida

You've heard "Stop, Drop, and Roll!" but did you know...

  • You should regularly vacuum smoke detectors to ensure they don't get clogged with cobwebs or dust.
  • When plugged into an outlet, all appliances still have dangerous electrical voltages inside of them - even when they are turned off.
  • If a fire starts in a stove-top pan, cover it with the lid and turn off the heat source.
  • Never use a halogen torchiere lamp (a torchiere has an exposed lightbulb on top of the fixture, directing light to the ceiling) in children's bedrooms or playrooms
  • Your family should have an escape plan in case of fire. Practice evacuation and rehearse it until everyone knows what to do.
  • Practice crawling to an exit and be sure your children understand they should never hide in the house during a fire.

Get a free smoke alarm!

»  Call today...

A smoke alarm is one of the simplest ways to avoid injury and death from fire.

Currently, the leading cause of structural fires in Florida is electrical fires. The majority of these are due to lightening. Therefore, there is very little warning.

In addition, fire is fast acting. Death from smoke inhalation can occur in two minutes. If a fire were to break out in a child's room and the nearest smoke detector was in the hall, by the time smoke reached the detector, it could already be too late.

The GOOD NEWS is there are programs to provide FREE smoke alarms for children's rooms. For further information, contact the following:

Orange County Fire Rescue Division
407.836.9035

Seminole County Fire epartment
407.665.5175

City of Orlando Fire Department
407.246.3128

 

Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety

"Bicycles are Vehicles" - Laws and Procedures

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How To Fit Helmet Brochure

»  Florida Law Number 316.2065...All bike riders must:

  • Obey all traffic lights, signals, and signs.
  • Have a seat on the bike to sit on.
  • Have only one person on a bike (unless the bike has two seats).
  • Keep at least one hand on the handlebars while riding.
  • Have brakes that make the bike stop.

»  Florida Law Number 316.155(2) and 316.157(1)

  • Use proper hand signals when riding a bike.

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Internet Safety Programs

The Children’s Safety Village currently uses the NetSmartz Workshop curriculum to promote internet safety. The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5-17 and parents & guardians.


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