April 20, 2014

Not Even for a Minute

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NEFAM 2013The Children’s Trust Fund’s “Not Even For A Minute” Campaign encourages parents and caregivers to NEVER leave children unattended in or around automobiles. Left alone in a vehicle for a short time, a child is in danger of heat stroke, dehydration, overheating, hyperthermia, injury, abduction and even death.

This is a car accident that can be prevented!

Temperatures in cars soar quickly. Even with a window cracked, the temperature inside a car can reach very high and dangerous temperatures within minutes. In these extreme conditions, children can die or suffer a permanent disability in a matter of minutes.

Where’s Baby?  Look Before You Lock.

  • NEVER leave children alone in or around vehicles, not even with the windows down. This applies to pets as well.
  • Always keep car keys & remote openers out of reach of children.
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even at home, & remind your friends & neighbors to do the same. Unlocked cars pose a risk to children who are naturally curious & often fearless.
  • Teach your children the dangers of a car & let them know it is not a toy or playground.
  • Make your child as visible as possible. Place rear-facing car seats in the middle of the back seat.
  • Establish a routine of checking the back seat every time you exit the car to ensure no one is left behind. Don’t overlook sleeping infants.
  • Place your child’s diaper bag or a small toy in the front seat to serve as a constant, visible reminder of you child’s presence in the car.
  • Place your purse, briefcse or other personal item in the back with the child to serve as an additional reason to check the back seat.
  • Ask your babysitter or childcare provider to call you if your child hasn’t arrived as scheduled.
  • Try to plan ahead when you have errands. Run errands when your spouse, trusted neighbor or friend can watch your child.
  • Remember to use the drive-through convenience provided by banks, dry cleaners, phamacies, restaurants & other businesses.
  • Pay at the pump at gas stations.
  • When a child is missing, check vehicles & trunks immediately.
  • If you see an unnattended child in a car, call 911 immediately.

For additional information, visit:  KIDS & CARS and Safe Kids USA

Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri-The Missouri Child Fatality Review Program Annual Reports *See page 37 of the STAT 2012 Annual Report regarding Keeping Children Safe In & Around Motor Vehicles.

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