3 Ways to Help Make Sure Your Kids Don’t Get Left in a Hot Car This Summer
Summer in El Paso means cars that are hot enough to make the devil himself say, "Hey, can you crank up that AC?" It also, tragically, means incidents where kids get left in those hot cars. Last summer, two toddlers died in just one week after being left in hot cars here in El Paso.
It may seem like a silly suggestion, but the most effective way to ensure a child is never left in the car is to take 2 seconds to open the back door and take a peek at their car seat. That empty car seat will reassure you that your baby is where he is supposed to be, and not in a car that could heat up to over 140 degrees in just an hour’s time on a 90 degree day.
To help prevent a tragedy, here are a few more ideas you might try to remind yourself that the kiddoes are in the car.
Some child-safety articles say put your purse in the backseat with your kids, but they might get into your purse, or you might need it when you go through the drive-thru for your latte. If you put your kid's diaper bag on top of your purse, it will be an instant reminder of the beastie in the backseat.
Every cell phone has the capability to hold a number of different daily alarms. Take your phone out right now and set one for the time that you usually drop the kiddoes off before you head out to work. It might drive you crazy when it goes off and you've already dropped off your kids, but it might also save their life one day when you've forgotten to that in the hustle and bustle of your morning.
My ex-husband once left our son, Sam, at the gym daycare and got all the way home before he realized it. No, that's not why he's my ex. After I freaked out, we came up with a pretty cute reminder system. We printed out a photo of Sam, put Velcro on the back of it, and attached it to the dashboard. That wallet-sized photo smiling from the dashboard was a constant reminder to check the car seat every time we got into and out of the car.