According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly every 10 days, a child dies from being left in a hot vehicle. About half of those kids were simply forgotten.
Leaving a child unattended in a closed vehicle can lead to heatstroke and can kill in minutes. So far this year, 19 child deaths from heatstroke have occurred in the United States.
That’s a tragedy that can and should be avoided at all costs.
Never leave your child in a parked car alone, even if only for a minute and if the window is cracked. Also, never leave your child in the car with the engine running.
Make a habit of looking in the vehicle carefully – front and back seats – before locking the door and walking away. Also, make sure it’s locked so your child cannot climb back inside by mistake.
When you’re driving your kids places, come up with creative ways to remind yourself they are with you – especially if you are not the parent who normally drops the kids off at school, camp or day care.
One idea is to place your phone, purse or briefcase in the back seat with the children. You also can place a stuffed toy in the front seat or tie something (like a bunch of rubber bands) to your car door to remind you.
Of course, if you see a child (or a pet) in a hot car, immediately call 911 and try to get him or her out as quickly as possible and cooled down rapidly.
We all think this can’t happen to us but it’s so easy to become distracted in today’s wired world. Please take all the precautions you can to avoid making the mistake of a lifetime.