With the new year in full swing, we’re thinking about our resolution as a company. How can we reach more families? How can we help save more lives? There were too many car related deaths of children in 2015, and it’s our goal in 2016 to reduce that number.
Sadly, an average of 37 children each year die from being left in a car. (source: http://www.kidsandcars.org/userfiles/dangers/heat-stroke-fact-sheet.pdf) No parent should have to endure the pain of a preventable tragedy. That’s why we’re spreading the essentials to keeping your child safe in their car seat.
First, it’s important to understand that is can happen to anyone – we’re all human after all. Accidents happen when even the most well-intentioned, typically careful parents go into auto-pilot or have overloaded minds. Busy times, schedule changes, times of crisis and holidays and all times to be extra vigilant.
How can you help ensure it doesn’t happen to you? Start by adopting these six tips:
1. Always Take Them Inside.
- NEVER leave your kids in the car – no matter how short you may expect the stop to be
2. Give Yourself Reminders.
- Position the car seat where you can see it in your rearview mirror
- Use Driver’s Little Helper, a car seat monitor that sends an alert to your phone if your child is left in the car
- Put your purse or briefcase next to your child’s car seat so you have to open the back door when you arrive
- Put your child’s diaper bag in the passenger’s seat where you can see it
3. Educate Yourself.
- Be aware of the dangers of heat stroke and freezing temperatures. Educating yourself about the dangers will help you be more cautious. You’re already doing a great job!
4. Be On The Lookout.
- If you see a child alone in a hot or cold vehicle, call 911 immediately
5. Use Driver’s Little Helper.
- Driver’s Little Helper is a protective car seat monitor that alerts you if your child has gotten out of their car seat, or if your child is still in the car after it has stopped moving. An active reminder is one of the most effective ways to keep your little one safe!
6. Talk About It.
- Review these tips with anyone who drives your child including bus drivers, babysitters, carpool parents and grandparents
For more information on keeping your child safe in the car, check out our other recent blog posts.