Heat, Children and Vehicles

It’s something we hate talking about — the deaths of children left in cars.  In 2008, there were 42 deaths nationwide and we led the country with five.  So far this year there have been 14, none in southeast Texas.  I am posting this now because the month of July is typically when this happens the most. 

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Safety Recommendations:

  • NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE.  NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE!
  • Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies.
  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices.  If a child is missing, check the car first, including the trunk. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is put in the seat, place the animal in the front with the driver.
  • Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.
  • Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
  • Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.
  • Here is a web site with excellent information on this problem:

    http://ggweather.com/heat/

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