Child car safety for the summer

As a photographer of babies and children I see a lot of children and as a mother I know how we all love our children and want to keep them safe.  I feel I am a very safe person and mother and so it takes me by surprise when I read articles that make me realize how little I know.  Recently I read about children left in hot cars in the summer for which there are always deaths each year.  Unfortunately I understand too well being overwhelmed, busy and tired, and I understand the mistakes that sometimes lead to these deaths, and can’t imagine the pain of these parents.  Mistakes from tiredness I understood but what I didn’t know was how fast it can get hot in a car.  Many children can suffer very quickly from heat stroke left in a car for just a few minutes while a parent runs an errand.  Even with a car window partially down, a parked car can reach 125 degrees in a few minutes – the window down does not prevent this.  And a child’s temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s.  Leaving a child in a car for even a minute is not an option!

And here are a few tips I learnt from the Ridgefield PATCH for a safe fun summer for you and your child:

  • Never ever leave your child alone in a car not even for a minute.
  • Put your purse or wallet in the backseat – you won’t leave the car for long without it.
  • Make a habit to open the back door of your vehicle EVERY time you park – checking too much is a great habit to ensure tiredness doesn’t leave you forgetful.
  • Place your child’s seat in the middle of the car – it’s easier to see and I think it is the safest place in case of an accident.
  • Keep a large stuffed animal in the car seat.  If the child is in the seat the animal moves to the front seat – it’s a visual reminder that the child is in his/her seat in the back.
  • Let a daycare know you will ALWAYS call if you are not bringing your child in.  If you don’t call, have them call you.
  • Always lock your vehicle when you are at home and not in it.  This ensures children can’t climb into your car without your knowledge.
  • When a child is missing check your car and trunk first.
  • Call 911 immediately if you see a child in a car alone.
  • Use drive through services as much as possible.  These services enable you to stay in the car with your child.
  • Use a debit or credit card when pumping gas.  Again, you are staying close to your child.
  • Discuss the issue of hot-car safety with everyone who drives your child.  Spouse, partner, grandparents, relatives, babysitters.

Have a happy happy summer!

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