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Here are some safety reminders from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Always check the back seat and make sure all children are out of the car before locking it and walking away.
  • Avoid distractions while driving, especially cell phone use.
  • Be extra alert when there is a change in your routine, like when someone else is driving your child or you take a different route to work or child care.
  • Have your child care provider call if your child is more than 10 minutes late.
  • Put your cell phone, bag, or purse in the back seat, so you check the back seat when you arrive at your destination.
  • If someone else is driving your child, always check to make sure he has arrived safely.
  • Keep your car locked when it is parked to prevent a curious child from entering when no one is around. Many hot car deaths have occurred when a child mistakenly locks himself inside.
  • Make sure children do not have easy access to your car keys. Store them out of a child’s reach.
  • Teach children that cars are not safe places to play.
  • Keep rear fold-down seats closed to prevent a child from crawling into the trunk from inside the car.
  • Remind children that cars, especially car trunks, should not be used for games like hide and seek
Take action if you ​​see a child alone in a ​car

​If you see an unattended child in a car and are concerned, you should immediately call 911.

If the child is not responsive or is in pain, immediately:

  • Call 911.
  • Get the child out of the car.
  • Spray the child with cool water (not in an ice bath).

If the child is responsive:​​

  • Stay with the child until help arrives.
  • Have someone else search for the driver or ask the facility to page them.​

Check the laws in your state here. Remember, it is NOT safe to leave a young child (or pets) alone in a car for any length of time.

 

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