ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – We see it in the headlines year after year, kids forgotten about and left in hot cars.
So much so that they’ve now created a day just to bring awareness to the potentially deadly mistake.
The first annual National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention day is Wednesday.
There are a lot of things that can distract even the most responsible, and caring parents, leading them to forget they’ve got a little one in the back seat.
According to http://www.kidsandcars.org/, in 2016, 39 children died as a result of being left in a hot car.
In 2017, there have already been at least five incidents and summer is still two months away.
So today the same organization is offering a few tips on how to make sure you don’t let this happen:
It may sound silly but try leaving something in the backseat like your cellphone, employee badge, or even your left shoe. That way you have to go back there before you head in.
They also suggest asking your childcare provider or babysitter to call you within 10 minutes if your child hasn’t arrived on time or leave a post it somewhere on your dashboard with a “look before you lock” note.
What if you happen to notice a child in the back seat of a car and the parents are nowhere to be found and the car is locked?
Schenectady Police Sargent Matt Dearing says to call 911 and try to find the driver. If the child is in imminent danger, it may be necessary to break the window furthest away.
“I don’t know if there’s a definable point take into consideration all of the factors the weather outside, how long that individual has been there,” Sgt. Dearing said.
Kids and Cars.org also recommend investing in a gadget called the Res-q-Me tool. It fits right on your keychain. All you have to do is press the spring locked device against a corner of the window and the metal spear inside will safely puncture and shatter the glass. With a nudge of the elbow, you’re in.