Have your child car seat checked at Kingswood Fire Station

Parents and carers are being invited to have their child car seats checked by experts at a road safety event taking place next Monday.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) has teamed up with Mothercare, Britax and South Gloucestershire’s Road Safety Team for a child car safety day at Kingswood Fire Station on Monday 24 May.

Previous checks on children’s car seats carried out across the UK suggest that as many as eight out of ten aren’t fitted correctly. If properly restrained a child is 90% less likely to be killed in a collision.

Between 10am and 1pm, qualified staff from Mothercare and Britax will be at the station carrying out checks on children’s car seats to ensure they are fitted properly. Firefighters will be on hand to offer advice on road safety, alongside members of South Gloucestershire Council’s Road Safety team who will carry out eye tests for drivers.

On the day young car passengers will be given stickers promoting child seat safety designed by pupils from three local primary schools, St Stephen’s Church of England, Our Lady of Lourdes and Christchurch Church of England Schools. Earlier this month Red Watch from Kingswood Fire Station visited St Stephen’s Primary School to present certificates to winners of the sticker competition.

Kingswood Station Manager Matt Peskett said: “Next Monday’s event is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with kids to come along to the station and get some great advice on how to keep their little ones safe in the car.

“As well as firefighters, there will be representatives from Mothercare, car seat makers Britax and South Gloucestershire’s Road Safety Team who all bring with them vast experience in road safety.”

If you would like to find out more visit the Road Safety area of our website.