Wednesday, November 2, 2016

When left alone, kids and cars are a dangerous combination

Cooler weather may be returning to the area soon and KDOT would like to remind drivers that the danger of leaving children alone in vehicles is still present.

According to the, even when the temperature outside is mild, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to deadly levels.

Hyperthermia aside, there are other risks to leaving children unattended in cars. Left alone, small children can face danger by accidentally setting the car in motion, rolling the windows up  and getting stuck or strangled, or leaving the vehicle altogether., an organization dedicated to keeping children safe in and around motor vehicles, has created a safety checklist for individuals driving with young children in the car: created a checklist for drivers who are traveling with kids. Look before you Lock.

They have also implemented a unique reminder: Place a stuffed animal in the child’s car seat when not in use. When a child is present in the car seat, move the stuffed animal to the front passenger seat. Sometimes, a visual reminder is all that is needed to keep kids safe. 

A stuffed animal in the passenger seat can be a great reminder that a child is buckled in behind you.

Recently, a 4th grader named Sophie, created a device that connects the child’s safety belt to the car keys to help remind those who traveling with youngsters to not leave them alone in the vehicle.

Check out Sophie’s video below for more information on how you can create your own device below:

The Holiday season is upon us and distractions are everywhere. In the hustle and bustle, remember to Look before you Lock. 

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