You’ve done your research on keeping your child safe inside your car and buckle him or her in each and every time. You hunted for the safest vehicle for a family when you began your family, and you’ve researched and found which car seat works best for you and your family. You’ve done your homework and strive to make traveling with your child safer.
But did you know that other dangers in and around your vehicle could seriously harm your child?
Non-traffic incidents, meaning anything that occurs off public roads or highways, can be quite deadly for your child. These risks include accidents such as back-overs and front-overs, heat stroke, power window incidents, and trunk entrapment.
You might believe that these incidents could never happen to you and your family, but in today’s busy world, it’s so easy to become distracted, and unfortunately, bad things can happen accidentally.
Keep your child safe with our basic safety tips below!
Know Where Your Child Is Always – Never leave children alone in or around cars, not even for a minute. Small children can be within eyesight one second and gone in the next. Sometimes this is behind a parked vehicle or even inside of a trunk. Keep an eye on your child at all times, especially near vehicles.
Lock It Up – Keep your vehicles locked at all times, even if they are in the garage or driveway. This will prevent your child from accidentally climbing in any parts of your vehicle without your knowledge. Always set your parking brake, too, to keep your vehicle stable.
Keep Keys Out of Their Reach – Keys and remote openers to the cars should never be left within the reach of children. Place your car keys hanging on a hook on a wall well out of the reach of your child for safe keeping.
Check the Vehicle Upon Arrival – Make sure that all child passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked, especially on hot summer days. Accidentally leaving a child in the car in virtually any sort of weather can be very detrimental to their health and can cause serious injury or even death.
Take Extra Care During Busy Times – It’s so easy to become frazzled and distracted during busy times. Please be sure to take extra care in keeping children safe in and around cars during busy times, schedule changes, and periods of crisis or holidays.
Check the Cars First – When a child is missing, check vehicles and car trunks immediately. If they happen to be inside a car, they might not be able to get out, so please be sure to check your vehicles first if you cannot locate your child readily.
Get Involved – If you happen to see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. If the child is hot or seems sick, get him or her out as quickly as possible, no matter what. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Remember, cars and car parts can be replaced, but a life cannot.
Stow Reminders in the Back Seat – Put something you’ll need such as your cell phone, handbag, or brief case on the floorboard 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. Soon enough, it will become second nature to check the back of your car!
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