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Parkes Shire residents set to receive free child safety restraint checks this month

Free child restraint checks are available for Parkes Shire residents this month.

Free child restraint checks are available for Parkes Shire residents this month.

Parkes Shire Council is offering free child restraint checks by authorised child restraint fitters right here in town this month.

Parkes Shire Council's Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, says that this free child restraint checking day is held annually.

It is usually well patronised and for good reason, a correctly installed child restraint is important in ensuring the safe travel of young children.

This year's child restraint checking day is at Lions Park next Tuesday.

Ms Suitor explains that the correct fitting and adjustment of child restraints is vital.

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Research shows that two out of three child restraints are not being used properly and this puts children at risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Most of the restraints the council has checked at previous events have had minor problems that needed fixing to ensure the safety of the child

These include things like tightening and untwisting straps, fitting gated buckles and correcting the seatbelt's path through the restraint.

"It is important to have your child restraint checked regularly after prolonged use and installed correctly before use to ensure that your precious cargo is safe," Ms Suitor said.

Free child restraint inspections will be provided by Authorised Child Restraint Fitters in Parkes on Tuesday 22 June in the carpark at Lions Park from 11am - 3pm.

Bookings are essential, please phone 6861 2364 to secure your place.

Free barista coffee will be available on the day.

The team will also be able to provide information about the national child restraint laws, the types of restraints and advice on moving children from one restraint type to the next.