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Preventing Child Deaths in Hot Cars

It seems these days that everyone is in a hurry to get to their destination.  Too often we hear of children dying from heat stroke from being left in a hot car.  On a typical 86-degree day, it only takes about 10 minutes for the temperature in a car to reach 105 degrees.  Most of the children are mistakenly forgotten.  Some children crawl in the car without a parent knowing and get stuck.  And yes, a small percentage of children die because their parents believe it’s safe for them to be in the car.  Here are a few tips that all of us can follow to prevent these terrible tragedies from occurring.

  1. Open the backdoor and look in the backseat to make sure that everyone is out of the car (even if you think you don’t have anyone back there).
  2. Keep something important in the backseat.  Put your purse, cellphone, computer, lunch, or anything else essential to your daily routine next to your child.
  3. Even if the car is in the garage, make sure the car is locked.  This will prevent your little one from climbing in the car without your knowledge.
  4. Keep your keys away from the kids.
  5. Teach your children to honk the horn if they get stuck.
  6. If you see something, do something.   Do not hesitate to call 911.