Most parents and caregivers just cannot believe that they would ever “forget” their child in a vehicle. And that disbelief makes it hard for them to hear important messages about hot car dangers. They just don’t think the messages apply to them.
Kids and Car Safety wants us to know: “In most situations this happens to the most loving, caring and protective parents…It can happen to anyone.” Their advice for making sure your child is never left alone in a car:
- Make it a habit to open the back door every time you park.
- Place the child’s diaper bag or item in the front passenger seat as a visual cue that the child is with you.
- Ask your childcare provider to call you right away if your child hasn’t arrived as scheduled.
- Make sure children can’t get into a parked car. Keep vehicles locked at all times, especially in the garage or driveway.
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