In an era before car seats, M'Liss Edwards lost a two-year old cousin who was riding in the passenger seat. Years later, she saw an opportunity to help others avoid a similar tragedy.
"Up until a number of years ago, [Alberta] Health Services were [checking car seats] but they have stopped doing it," Edwards explained. "Now that the St. John Ambulance is offering a car seat technician course to people who are interested in helping people with their car seats, hopefully it will spread throughout the province."
Edwards and Terry Beaupre are two members of Drumheller and Area Car Seat Safety Technicians. The group has six Certified Child Safety Seat Technicians -- including a member of the RCMP -- who will check your car seats, help you install car seats and answer any questions you may have.
"The best way [to get in touch] is going to be on the Facebook page because our contacts will be there and people can just call us directly," said Edwards. "If people want to make a donation, we are starting a fund that we hope will help provide car seats for people who can't afford them."
The group can also help new parents pick out a car seat, either in person or over the phone.
"Statistics show us that about 85 per cent to 90 per cent of car seats are installed incorrectly. It's getting better as car seats are easier to put in than they used to be and parents are more aware that they should have it installed correctly."
Edwards said that people always think the worst won't happen to them, but that things do happen and the group wants babies and children to be safe. According to Alberta law, children under 40 pounds or six years of age must be buckled into a car safety seat.
The Drumheller and Area Car Seat Safety Technicians can be contacted through their facebook page.