With recent tragedies such as the one in Smith County, TX where a father is grieving the June death of his 4-year-old daughter after she climbed into his parked truck to play and died from hyperthermia, it is important to remember other general car safety.
A number of hot-car deaths occur when children climb into their parents' parked vehicles to play, and after locking themselves in, are unable to get out. There are also other vehicular dangers posed to children, including tragic "Back-overs."
Some important general car-safety tips:
- 1. Look Before You Lock - Always check the back seats of your vehicle before your lock it and walk away
- 2. Teach your children that vehicles are not a place to play
- 3. Store your key chains and fobs in a location out-of-reach to your children
- 4. Keep vehicles locked at all times, even when parked in your driveway or garage
- 5. When a child is missing, check vehicles and car trunks immediately
- 6. Before getting into a vehicle, walk entirely around your parked car to check for children, or anything that may attract one - such as a lost toy
- 7. Designate a safe spot for children to wait in when nearby vehicles are about to move
- 8. Identify and use safe play areas for children that are away from any parked or moving vehicles
- 9. Consider making your driveway a toy-free zone