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Safety first . . . Looking on as South Canterbury Child Restraint Rentals technician Debbie Kingan checks that 3-month-old Everly Westaway is safe and secure are (from left) Senior Constable Deb Quested, AMI staff member Mark Reeve, Izzy Griffin and Tracy Scott. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Claire Allison

Funds raised from a quiz night will help educate more South Canterbury parents about child-restraint safety.

A quiz night held by the Timaru branch of AMI Insurance raised $5200 for South Canterbury Child Restraint Rentals. The money will be spent on checking child restraints and educating parents and caregivers on how to use them safely.

The rental scheme was established in December 2016, following the closure of the Plunket scheme.

Co-ordinator Debbie Kingan said with a good supply of car seats on hand, the organisation decided to put this year’s donation towards education.

Four committee members have been trained as car-seat technicians, so they, along with Mrs Kingan, would be able to go out into the community to early childhood education centres or with police to randomly stop motorists to check child restraints were properly installed and used.

Mrs Kingan said education about the use of child restraints had not been happening in recent years, so the knowledge levels in the community had dropped.

“This donation will benefit not just the people who are coming to use to hire car seats, it means other people using car seats are also getting the benefit.”