NEVER Leave A Child Alone In A Car - Set A Reminder!

Stories like this (see NBC Bay Area link below) in San Jose, CA are not only sad, but can be prevented with a few easy steps. Take a moment to read some safety tips that we've provided on our website and please share with family and friends.

NEVER Leave A Child Alone In A Car, Not Even for a Minute - Set A Reminder!

Almost 50 children died this way in 2012 alone! 

• Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble.

• Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open.

Believe it or not, routines and distractions have caused people to mistakenly leave children behind in cars.

• Place a cell phone, PDA, purse, briefcase, gym bag or whatever is to be carried from the car on the floor in front of a child in a backseat. This triggers adults to see children when they open the rear door and reach for their belongings.

• Set your cell phone or Blackberry reminder to be sure you dropped your child off at day care.

• Set your computer calendar program, such as Outlook, to ask, “Did you drop off at daycare today?”

• Have a plan that if your child is late for daycare that you will be called within a few minutes. Be especially careful if you change your routine for dropping off little kids at day care.

Prevent trunk entrapment:

• Teach children not to play in any vehicle.

• Lock all vehicle doors and trunk after everyone has exited the vehicle – especially at home. Keep keys out of children’s reach. Cars are not playgrounds or babysitters.

• Check vehicles and trunks FIRST if a child goes missing.

Information provided by Safe Kids USA at: 
http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke

NBC Bay Area News Story link