There have been a lot of incidents where parents locked their kids in their car and went away. Most times this is not done on purpose. But the inside of a car with all doors and windows locked gets hot pretty quickly, and if a child is trapped inside, it could cause serious health problems. In fact, there have been cases of hot car deaths. You can prevent this from happening to your child. Here are some ways to prevent hot car deaths:
LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK
Open the backdoor and look in the backseat to make sure that everyone is out of the car. Do this even if you have no kids. Someone might have crawled in without you knowing.
KEEP SOMETHING YOU NEED IN THE BACKSEAT
This is to remind you to check the backseat before you leave. You could put your briefcase, computer, lunch, anything essential on the back seat, so you will have to open the back door to retrieve it.
TRAVEL WITH A FURRY COMPANION
This is not strictly necessary, but you could do it if you like. This furry companion could be a dog, cat or any other well-behaved pet. Put the pet in the front seat; it will serve as a visual reminder that your child is in the back seat.
ALWAYS LOCK YOUR DOORS
This also doubles as a safety precaution you should always follow. When your car is parked, other people’s children could wander into your car and get trapped.
KEEP YOUR KEYS OUT OF REACH OF THE KIDS
Some kids might try to get into the car without your knowledge, and then might not be able to get out, thus trapping themselves in the car.
HAVE A PLAN WITH A CHILDCARE PROVIDER
If your child does not show up to school without prior notice, someone should call to locate the child.
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING
If you see a child alone in a car, do not hesitate to call an emergency line.
Hot car deaths are totally preventable. However, some people think this cannot happen to them. But then, it pays to be careful, especially when kids are involved.