When I was reading The Washington Post this evening, I came across that dreaded headline: “Baby Boy Dies After Being Left in Car.”
What sometimes happens is that an adult who isn’t the one who usually takes the child to day care gets the assignment, then forgets the child is in the back seat of the car.
Here are tips from Kids and Cars to avoid a hot day tragedy in your family:
- Put something you’ll need such as your cell phone, handbag, employee identification, or brief case on the floor in the back seat.
- Get in the habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to make sure no child has been left behind.
- Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat when it’s not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It’s a visual reminder that anytime the stuffed animal is up front you know the child is in the back seat in the child safety seat.
- Make arrangements with your child’s day care center or babysitter that you’ll always call if your child won’t be there on a day as scheduled.
- If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. If they’re hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly as possible. Call 911 immediately.
The child reported on in Friday’s article was an 8-month-old boy, who was apparently left in his mother’s car while she was at work in Arlington, Va.