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Temperatures are on the rise and it’s important to remember the dangers of leaving children in a hot car. According to child safety organization Kids and Cars, since 1998 through to the end of May 2011, 500 children have died as a result of being unintentionally left in a hot car.
And even though public awareness of this issue is still high, it’s surprising to learn that in 2010, 49 children died from vehicular heat stroke – that’s the highest number of deaths in one year since data has been recorded. Perhaps it’s because all it takes is the slightest change in routine, a poor night’s sleep or a tough day at the office to set this tragic wheel in motion.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the summer to help keep kids safe:
• Even if it’s only for a minute, never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
• When you unload your car, double check to make sure that everyone is out. And always use your key to lock the door – it will force you to look in the car before you leave it.
• While away from your car, always lock it and keep keys and remotes away from children.
• When a child is in the back seat, keep a stuffed animal in the front passenger seat as a reminder.
• Put something important, such as a purse, cell phone of briefcase, in the backseat. That way, you’ll always have to check back there before you leave your car.
• If you drop your child off at daycare, be sure to have them call you if your child does not show up.
• If you see a child alone in a car on a warm day, call 911.
[Source: Consumer Reports]