Look Before You Lock

May 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

As the outside temperatures rise, it is important to know that leaving children inside a hot car can lead to serious injuries or fatalities.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching a national campaign, “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock,” to remind and educate parents and caregivers about the hazards of leaving young children unattended in vehicles.

NHTSA offers the following tips to prevent vehicle-related heatstroke deaths:

  • Never leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle — even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on.
  • Don’t let children play in an unattended vehicle.
  • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle – front and back – before locking the door and walking away.
  • Take steps to remember a child is in the vehicle. Write yourself a note and place it where you’ll see it when you leave the vehicle.
  • If you are dropping your child off at childcare and it’s normally your spouse, partner or caregiver who drops them off, have them call you to make sure the drop off went according to plan.
  • If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately.

Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; SafeKids.org

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