Cars can be deadly for children

It’s starting to get hot outside so we all know that we’re not supposed to leave our pets inside cars. Not even for that quick stop at the grocery store.

But what about kids? Of course, you wouldn’t leave your kids in the car, even when it’s not hot, right?

Unfortunately, it does happen. And sometimes with tragic consequences.

In the Fast Lane Blog yesterday written by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, he writes about a new campaign to make people aware of the dangers of leaving children in a car. The campaign logo is “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock.”

Many of the tragedies happen, not because caregivers left a child in the car on purpose, but because they were distracted and forgot about the child.

And even a short time in a hot car can be deadly.

LaHood shares some tips in his blog to help prevent these tragedies. One that I especially think is helpful is this one:

“Do things that serve as a reminder that a child is in the  vehicle, such as placing your purse or briefcase in the back seat to ensure no child is accidentally left in the vehicle or using a stuffed animal placed in the driver’s view to indicate a child is in the car seat.”

Jan

 

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