Kids and hot car safety


677 children have died in hot cars since 1998 across the country, and 3 of those have occurred in Texas so far this year. The majority of incidents were accidental, usually when there is a change in a person’s normal routine, and they drive the child at a time when they usually don’t. Their brain goes on auto-pilot and they continue on with their normal routine. Almost 30% of the deaths occurred when children were playing and somehow trapped themselves in an unattended vehicle. Only 11% occurred because someone purposely left a child in a car. Sadly, all of these fatalities could have been prevented. It starts by educating ourselves on why these incidents occur, realizing that it could happen to you or someone you know, and by modifying our routine behaviors so that we eliminate the chance of it ever occurring. 1) Obviously never leave a child unattended. It’s against the law. Young children in a hot car can have a heat stroke in just a few minutes. 2) Develop a habit of always checking the backseat even when you know a child is not there. 3) Put an important item in the backseat with the child. A purse, wallet, phone, briefcase, or even your left shoe. 4) Always keep your unattended vehicle locked and unlocking devices out of a child’s reach.

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