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Avoiding tragedy…Reminders for parents to be



Another devastating tragedy occurred in our community this week. A baby was left in a car and died of over-heating. It is an accident that sadly continues to happen (this is the second one in two months in our area alone)…yet can be completely avoided.

It is never to early to start conditioning yourself to help avoid such a tragic, and horrific accident!

Some ideas that every parent should remember:

  • In the time it takes to run in and pay for gas, or buy a gallon of milk…or lottery tickets…the car can become a death trap for children. Never leave a child alone in the car…even for a quick errand


  • always make it a point to check the car seat…even when the baby isn’t in it…condition yourself. Placing your purse, lunch bag or employee badge in the back, next to the car seat can help you to remember to look. You can even start doing this before the baby is born.


  • Never let any child play around your car…even when it is in the garage. Best to keep the car locked at all times. Many overheating deaths have occurred when parents did not know their toddler/child snuck into the car to play.


  • Also…Before you buckle up your baby in a seat that has been parked in a warm spot, check the temperature of the car seat or upholstery. Burns can easily happen this way.


  • Have an agreement with your child care center to always call you shortly after the child has not shown up that day.

There is also an alarm on the market called the Child Minder by Baby Alert . It is a childminderseat buckle with a wireless transmitter which fastens over your child’s existing seat strap. The transmitter activates when the buckle is engaged and turns off when the buckle is opened. 

The parent carries a key chain receiver. If the parent walks more than 10 feet from the vehicle with the child’s buckle still engaged, the key ring sounds an alarm. Both units have audible low battery indicators.

You can find it here.

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