With temperatures approaching the triple digits this summer, it’s important for all parents to remember to never leave their child alone in a car. While it might be tempting to leave your little one buckled up while you pump gas or run into the store for a gallon of milk, the risk is not worth the convenience.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a car can heat up 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. A child dies when their body temperature reaches 107, and their body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult. Vehicular heat strokes can happen at temperatures as low as 57 degrees, and our daily highs in Texas are almost double that.
This means that even the quickest of errands could be fatal to our little ones if left alone in the car.
It’s easy to say we would never be the one to leave our kiddo at risk for heat stroke, but it’s easy to forget them if they are sleeping soundly! With work, relationships, the grocery list, the to-do list running through our mind constantly, sometimes things slip. We just want to make sure our children’s safety is never one of those things.
Chelsea over at Houston Mom’s Blog offers a few tips for preventing parents from forgetting their kids in the car:
“My only few pieces of advice are to ask for help as a parent if you are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, or out of your head – asking for an assist when you aren’t at your best could save you or your child’s life.
Other tips that have been mentioned before on not forgetting that your child is in the backseat, include putting something in the backseat that you are guaranteed not to forget like your cell phone, purse, or one of your shoes. Stepping out of the car missing a shoe will hopefully trigger something in you!”
Head on over to their blog to read more and watch a 2013 PSA on the dangers of leaving children in vehicles. And always remember to call 911 immediately if you see a child left alone in a car. It could save their life.