Child Safety


Age Group

Type of Seat



Rear-facing only seats and rear-facing convertible seats

All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 2 years of age OR until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.


Convertible seats and forward-facing seats with harnesses

Children who outgrow the limits of their rear-facing car seat should use a forward-facing car seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer.

School-aged children

Booster seats

Children who outgrow the limits of their forward-facing car seat must travel in a booster seat in the back seat of the car. MA state law requires your child be secured in a federally approved belt-positioning booster seat until he/she is 8 years old or over 57” tall.

Older children

Seat belts

When children are old enough or large enough for the vehicle seat belt to fit them correctly, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for optimal protection. Remember the safest place for your child is in the back seat of the vehicle.

For additional information on child passenger safety, please refer to the Executive Office of Public Safety.

To schedule a free appointment with a certified child seat installation technician, or for further information contact Officer Kara Caffrey or Officer Katie Gehrke by calling the North Andover Police Department at 978-683-3168.

Project ChildSafe - FREE Gun Locks:

Project ChildSafe is a nationwide program promoting firearm safety and is sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The North Andover Police Department is an involved law enforcement agency that will assist this program by distributing "free" gun locks to any gun owner with a permit that is issued by the Town of North Andover.

Current Massachusetts firearms laws makes it illegal to leave an unattended gun unlocked or not in a locked safe area. The ChildSafe gun locks are at the police station.

Come in person to the front desk and present you firearms license!

For more information click here.