In layman’s terms Hyperthermia is basically death by heat. According to the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University, approximately 38 children die from it every year, and 51% of those deaths are due to a caregiver “forgetting” a child in the vehicle.
The stories are heartbreaking. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain a parent feels to lose a child from something so preventable. It’s easy for us to judge, but as to whether or not these parents should be charged with murder, it needs to happen on a case by case basis.
My gut reaction is to say, “that would never happen to me” but the truth is, there have been times I needed to do a double take. Especially now that I have 2 children. “Did I bring the baby with me?” has ran through my head while driving on more than one occasion.
Janette Fennell, the President and Founder of KidsAndCars.org, shares 3 tips to stay safe this summer because, let’s be honest, anyone really could forget a kid in a car.
Look Before You Lock 1 of 3Chances are you aren't going to leave your bra in the back of your vehicle but it made you look didn't it? Simply putting something essential (such as a cell phone, purse or company ID badge) in the back seat with your child will make you glance at the back seat.
Front Seat Buddy 2 of 3Keep a stuffed animal in your child's car seat, and when you put your child in the seat, put the stuffed animal up front with you. It's a simple, cute reminder that you have a second passenger in the vehicle with you.
Back Up Calls 3 of 3Morning are busy, especially when you are rushing to work and dropping a child off at daycare. Have a policy with your child care provider that if you haven't dropped your child off by a certain time, they should give you call.
Find more preventative tips at Babble’s Summer Safety Guide