Summer Car Safety Tips

 

As a parent, your child’s safety is your number one concern. There are many things that are in your control when it comes to your child’s safety. Car safety should be at the top of safety issues.

Car safety goes beyond just making sure you have the correct car seat for your child. Car safety extends to the entire car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that even with the windows of vehicles opened two inches, the interior temperature can rise 20 degrees in just 10 short minutes. This means that on hot days, the temperature inside a vehicle puts anyone left inside at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death.

There are ways to avoid this from happening.

  1. Never leave your child in a vehicle alone. This is the one way to completely ensure that a heat related accident does not happen. Often times a parent will think they are just quickly running back inside to get a forgotten item and might get distracted by a ringing phone. Before they know it minutes have passed by and the car has heated tremendously.
  2. If the person that normally brings the child to daycare or school does not bring the child that morning have the person that is dropping the child off call the main caregiver to ensure that a child is not forgotten in the car. The most loving parent can forget that their child is in the car if it is not part of their normal routine, and a sleeping infant is even easier to not notice.
  3. Never leave you car unlocked when at home. Children are very curious and have been known to climb into cars that are not locked to play. Once the door shuts the child might accidentally lock themselves in a not be able to figure out how to unlock and open the door. It only takes ten minutes for the car to heat up and the child might not be noticed missing until it is too late.
  4. Always have a plethora of car spares such as tires, light bulbs and fuses just in case you have any road side emergencies.

These are just a few simple things you can do to ensure that your child is completely safe when it comes to a vehicle. These types of accidents and deaths are even more tragic because they could have been so easily avoided.

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