Draw Attention to Dangers of Leaving Kids in Hot Cars

One way employers can reach employees and show they care about their well-being is through traffic safety efforts that serve to protect them on the job and their families at home, too. An easy way to do that is to talk about the risks associated with leaving kids in hot cars.

On average, 37 kids die in hot cars every year in the United States. More than half of these incidents occur after a parent or guardian forgets a child in a vehicle. This can happen to anyone at any time because infants and toddlers sleep so soundly, and it’s easy to forget they are in the back seat.

Also, in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, parents often are stressed. On occasion, they lose track of little ones, particularly when schedules and routines are broken. To create awareness and prevent more tragedies, share these simple preventative strategies:

  • Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute
  • Keep your car locked when you are not in it, so kids don’t gain access on their own
  • Create reminders by putting something in the back seat next to your child, such as a briefcase, purse, cell phone or your left shoe
  • If you see a child alone in a car, call 911
  • Set a calendar reminder on your electronic device to make sure you dropped your child off at daycare; develop a plan so you will be alerted if your child is late or a no-show

Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council