4 Ways to Remember Your Child is in the Car: Child Passenger Safety Week

September 17 through 23 is Child Passenger Safety Week. This week, we're going to talk about a difficult topic, but one that is important for all parents to be aware of—child vehicular heat stroke.

In the United States, a child dies from being left in a hot car every 9 days, according to KidsAndCars.org. It's almost never because a negligent parent left their child on purpose—in about 88 percent of cases, the parent had no idea their child was inside the vehicle.

How can you protect your child from accidental heat stroke?

  • Keep something in the child's seat, like a stuffed animal. When you put your child in their car seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. When you see the toy, you know your child is still in the car.
  • Form a habit of checking the back seat every time you leave the car, whether your child is with you or not.
  • Keep your wallet, purse, or phone in the back seat.
  • Be especially mindful during stressful events, and schedule changes, as these are when you are most likely to make a mistake.
  • Keep the car locked at all times when it is parked, and check there first if your child goes missing.
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