Don’t Leave Your Child in the Car

Lately, I have been reading a lot of articles about the dangers of leaving kids in the backseat of our cars. I feel this like goes without saying (apparently not), but don’t leave your child in the car! However, I have never had the urge to write about it until I read this post: “A Parent’s Worst Nightmare.” The post made me realize that this horrible accident can indeed happen to anyone–even to the most caring, loving parent.

Statistics show that as much as 37 children die every year after they were unintentionally left in a vehicle. So please parents, don’t leave your child in the car! To make sure that you don’t lose your child to such a horrible accident, these tips from Safe Kids USA could help you:

  • Immediately 911 if you see a child unattended in a vehicle.
  • Never leave children alone in a vehicle – not even for 1 minute and not even with the window slightly open.
  • Teach children not to play in any vehicle.
  • Check to ensure all children leave the vehicle when you reach your destination–especially sleeping infants.
  • Set a reminder in your phone, PDA, etc to be sure you drop your child off at daycare.
  • Place something that you will need at your next stop – for example a purse, lunch, cell phone, PDA, gym bag, or briefcase – on the floor of the backseat in front of where the child is sitting.
  • Keep car doors and trunks locked so children cannot play in them, especially when at home.
  • Check cars and trunks first if a child goes missing.