Child Safety

Project ChildSafe

In an effort to prevent a tragic mishap from occurring, the Charlton Police Department is participating in Project ChildSafe to promote the safe storage of firearms by all owners. As of this date, the Charlton Police Department has received a shipment of 1,000 gun locks, which will distributed to the public free of charge. Anyone who is in need of a gun lock to secure their firearm can come to the Charlton Police Department at any time and can acquire up to three free gun locks per person. For more information on Project ChildSafe, visit

Car Seats - Five Guidelines

The Charlton Police Department and the Executive Office of Public Safety (EOPS) urge parents and other caregivers to follow these five guidelines to keep children safer:

    1. Select the correct child passenger restraint and make certain it's properly installed. Child safety seats that are properly installed can reduce the risk of death in a motor vehicle crash by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. For maximum protection, children 12 and under should always ride properly restrained in the back seat away from air bags.

    2. Use rear-facing child safety seats for children from birth to 20-22 pounds and one year od age. There are "big baby" rear-facing seats for children up to 35 pounds.

    3. Use forward-facing child safety seats for children who weigh 20 to 40 pounds and are from one to five years of age. The Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires children to ride properly secured in child safety seats until they are both 5 years old and weigh over 40 pounds. Children who weigh over 40 pounds, but are under 5, must ride in booster seats.

    4. Use a booster seat for children who weigh 40 to 80 pounds until they are at least eight years old or over four feet nine inches tall.

    5. When your child is ready for just a safety belt, make sure he or she wears it every time. The Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires children 12 and under to be properly restrained. Adults need to set a good example and obey the Massachusetts Safety Belt law, by buckling up yourself, before you start the engine, every time you get into a car.

The Charlton Police Department offers child safety seat inspection and installation by appointment. To set up an appointment, please contact Lieutenant Lewandowski, or Officer White at 508-248-2250.

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