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7 Ways To Prevent Hot Car Deaths: Don’t Let It Happen To You

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Many parents believe they have dropped their children off at daycare only to find later the child was still in the car. Or parents don’t realize their kids climbed into the car.

Most of the children are mistakenly forgotten. Some of the children crawl into the car without the parents’ knowledge and get stuck. And, a small percentage of children die because their parents believe it’s safe to leave them.

Children are more susceptible than adults to heatstroke.





Children’s regulatory systems aren’t quite developed yet, and so their ability to produce sweat is diminished…versus adults

These are 7 tips that every parent should follow:

1. Look before you lock

Open the backdoor and look in the backseat to assure that everyone is out of the car (even if you think you are childless).

2. Keep something you need in the backseat

Put your cell phone, briefcase, computer, lunch, ID badge, left shoe, or anything essential to your daily routine beside your child.

3. Travel with a furry companion





Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When baby is in the seat, the stuffed animal rides shotgun. The furry passenger serves as a reminder that baby’s in the back.

4. Always lock the doors

Even if the car is in the garage, keep the doors locked to prevent curious children from getting into the car.

5. Put the keys and fobs away

Kids might want to play with keys and be able to get into the car without parents knowledge.

6. Have a plan with childcare provider

If your child does not show up to daycare or school without prior notice, someone should call to locate child.

7. If you see something, do something

If you see a child alone in a car, do not hesitate to call an emergency line or find a way to get the child out.

So what do you do if your child is locked inside with you outside or you see a child locked in a car? Here are some basic tips, if you don’t have a spare set of keys:

-Call an emergency line
-While waiting, cover the windows to keep the car from heating up so fast
-If you break the car window, do it far away from the child

The biggest mistake people make is thinking it can’t happen to them

When you say ‘this can’t happen to you’ then you have already decided you don’t need to use these safety tips … it is easier to blame others than to understand that we are all vulnerable.

http://www.today.com/parents/7-tips-preventing-hot-car-related-deaths-children-t31551

Edited by obafemee80

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