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Keeping Kids Safe in Vehicles This Summer

Today is the first day of summer and already 16 children have died in hot cars this year. This is completely preventable and injury prevention advocates today are spreading the word about vehicle safety. Last year, 46 children died in America due to heatstroke from a hot car. We can do better! is promoting a “Look Before You Lock” safety checklist:

Make sure your child is never left behind in the back seat of a car:
  • Make it a routine to open the back door of your car every time you park to check that no one has been left behind.
  • Put something you need in the back seat to remind you to open the back door every time you park – cell phone, employee badge, handbag, work computer, etc. (The idea is if you leave the vehicle without this item, you would have to go back to get it.)
  • Ask your babysitter or child care provider to call you if your child hasn’t arrived as scheduled.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in baby’s car seat. Place it on the front passenger seat as a reminder when baby is in the back seat.
Make sure children cannot get into a parked car:
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in the garage or driveway and even if you do not have children.
  • Keys and remote openers should never be left within reach of children.
  • If a child is missing, immediately check the passenger compartment and trunk of all vehicles in the area very carefully.
For more information on child hot car deaths, please contact at (913-732-2792) or visit