A few weeks back, we ran a piece about the dangers of leaving kids in overheated cars. Here are some tips on how to make sure that never happens to you.
The safety group KidsAndCars.com calls it “Look Before You Lock” – if you drive your kids or grandkids around in the back seat of your car on a regular basis, make it a practice to always open the back door and look in the back seat before you leave your car. Do it at home, at the supermarket, at work, at the daycare center, everywhere. Think of it as your personal ‘no child left behind’ rule. Kids heat up faster in a hot environment; a sleeping child left in a car seat or a toddler who climbs back in while playing is at risk.
“You can also use a stuffed animal,” says Christopher Haines, D.O., director of the Department of Emergency Medicine and the medical director of the Transport Team at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. “Keep it in the car seat when no one’s sitting there, put it in the front seat when your child is in the car seat. It’s a reminder.”
Other strategies recommended by KidsAndCars include: