Reno, NV- A record number of children are dying in hot cars. Safe Kids of Washoe County says when there is a change in a family’s routine; parents are more likely to forget their kids are in the backseat.
Nearly 50 children died nationwide last year after they were left alone in sweltering cars. More than 20 children have already died this year. Safe Kids of Washoe County also tells KOLO 8 News Now that a child’s body heats up about three to five times faster than an adult’s.
Here are some simple steps everyone who drives with a child in the backseat can take.
- Call 911 if they see a child unattended in a vehicle.
- Set your cell phone or Blackberry reminder to be sure you drop your child off at daycare.
- Place a cell phone, PDA, purse, briefcase, gym bag or whatever is to be carried from the car on the floor in front of the child in a back seat. This forces the adult to open the back door and observe the child.
- Have a plan with your child care provider to call you if your child does not arrive when expected.
- Keep keys and remote entry key fobs out of children’s reach.
- Lock all vehicles at all times.
- Check cars and trunks first if a child goes missing.