So far this year, five children have lost their lives to heatstroke in cars despite the fact that most of the country has yet to experience the relentless heat of the summer months. Heatstroke is a very real threat in Texas, and so Liggett Law Group takes the first ever National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention Day very seriously.
This Wednesday, April 26, 2017, our firm joins people across the country in an effort to educate those who care for children on safety tips to prevent leaving children in cars, including:
- Creating a reminder. Place something you will need – like your cell phone, wallet, or purse – in the backseat of your car. This will require you to check the backseat to ensure you don’t leave your child behind.
- Having strict policies with your childcare provider. Create a policy with your childcare provider or daycare that the provider will immediately report your child missing if they do not arrive at daycare on time. This will act as a second check to ensure your child is not left behind.
- Keeping all cars locked and keys out of reach. Children can sometimes enter cars and accidently lock themselves inside. Keeping cars locked and keys out of reach can help prevent this incredibly dangerous situation.
- Using drive-through services if possible. Places like banks, restaurants, and pharmacies offer drive-through services, which will prevent your child from being accidentally left in the car.
Forgetting Children In Cars Happens
Many people wrongfully assume only bad parents forget they left their child in the car. The reality is that it could happen to anyone not taking extra precautions. Parents can forget their child is in the car if the child is sleeping, being really quiet, or if they become distracted with work or other concerns. Children can also lock themselves in cars because they aren’t old enough to understand the dangers.
There are many ways a child can get stuck in car, and the only way to keep your child safe is to take extra steps to protect them. Parents must always be vigilant because just one moment of carelessness could have catastrophic consequences.
What To Do If You See A Child Alone In A Car
If you see a child left in a car alone, immediately call the local police or 911. It can take only minutes for a child to suffer a heatstroke, so there is no time to lose. Some people may be afraid to call for help for fear of the parent retaliating, but in these instances, children are at an extreme risk and they need help.