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Child safety organization: 2 toddlers die in hot cars on Father's Day

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A non-profit child safety organization is reporting that two children died of heatstroke in hot cars on Father's Day.

According to KidsAndCars.org, five children have died in hot cars in June, bringing the national total to seven child deaths from heatstroke in cars. Those deaths include:

  • June 21 - A 3-year-old girl in Pomona, Calif. was unknowingly left alone in a vehicle after returning home from a Father's Day family outing
  • June 21 - A 4-year-old boy in Columbia, S.C. got into an unlocked car in an apartment parking lot
  • June 11 - A 3-year-old boy in Spirit Lake, Ind. got into a neighborhood vehicle on his own
  • June 5 - A 22-month old girl in Baton Rouge, La. was unknowingly left by a child care provider
  • June 2 - An 18-month-old girl in Hiland Park, Fla. died after being unknowingly left in a vehicle after the mother believed she had been dropped off at daycare
  • May 12 - A 16-month-old girl in Lake City, Fla. died after being unknowingly left in a vehicle after the father believed she had been dropped off at daycare
  • April 20 - A 2.5-year-old boy in Phoenix, Ariz. died after being unknowingly left in his father's vehicle
KidsAndCars.org has the following safety tips for parents and caregivers:

  • Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute
  • "Look Before You Lock" - Get in the habit of always opening the back door to check the back seat before leaving your vehicle. Make sure no child has been left behind
  • Create a reminder to check the back seat
  • Put something you'll need; like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, etc. in the back seat so that you have to open the back door to retrieve that item every time you park
  • Keep a large stuffed animal in the child's car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It's a visual reminder that the child is in the back seat
  • Make sure you have a strict policy in place with your childcare provider about daycare drop-off. If you child will not be attending daycare as scheduled, it is the parent's responsibility to call and inform the childcare provider. If your child does not show up as scheduled; and they have received a call from the parent, the childcare provider pledges to contact you immediately to ensure the safety of your child. (This is similar to the 'absence-line' used by most elementary, middle and high schools). Everyone involved in the care of your child should always be aware of their whereabouts
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways or garages. Ask home visitors, childcare providers and neighbors to do the same
  • Keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children
  • If a child goes missing, immediately check the inside passenger compartments and trunks of all vehicles in the area very carefully, even if they are locked. A child may lock the car doors after entering a vehicle on their own, but may not be able to unlock them
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible
  • Be especially careful during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays. This when many tragedies occur
  • Use drive-thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc) and pay for gas at the pump
For more information about child safety in and around vehicles, you can click here.

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