For the past two years, Skye Quartermaine has been fighting to stop other parents from going through the pain she goes through on a daily basis.
Quartermaine lost her 22-month-old son, Reef Kite, when he was crushed by a heavy chest of drawers at the family’s rented home in Perth in October 2015. Quartermaine had previously asked the landlord if she could bolt the chest of drawers to the wall but alleges he said no.
“I do not want any parent to go through what I go through every morning,” Quartermaine tells Mamamia.
“It’s not nice to wake up and momentarily think, ‘Everything’s perfect,’ and then it dawns on you: ‘My family is never going to be whole again. There’s always going to be that one person missing.’”
For two years, Quartermaine has been campaigning for parents in rented homes to be given the right to bolt furniture to walls. Through a Facebook page, Bolt It Back For Reef, she and her sister Dee have been giving advice and support to other mums and dads.
“We get parents posting there constantly, photos of drawers that have tipped over and their kids have been under them and it was all due to the fact that they weren’t allowed to bolt them back,” she says.