- Don’t leave a child alone in a vehicle.
- Put something in the back seat as a reminder, such as a phone or purse.
- Lock all doors after you exit a vehicle to keep kids from getting inside it.
- If you see a child alone in a car, don’t hesitate to call 911.
- Have daycare call if your child hasn’t been dropped off.
- Use drive-throughs when possible.
- Keep a stuffed animal in the carseat. When the child is put in the seat, place the animal in the front with the driver.
“Who could ever be so careless?” is a frequent refrain in comments sections and on social media about advice and media coverage on this topic. The Post’s Gene Weingarten profiled several parents in 2009 who had been responsible for their children’s deaths. Here’s who could, in his words:
When it happens to young children, the facts are often the same: An otherwise loving and attentive parent one day gets busy, or distracted, or upset, or confused by a change in his or her daily routine, and just… forgets a child is in the car….Two decades ago, this was relatively rare. But in the early 1990s, car-safety experts declared that passenger-side front airbags could kill children, and they recommended that child seats be moved to the back of the car; then, for even more safety for the very young, that the baby seats be pivoted to face the rear. If few foresaw the tragic consequence of the lessened visibility of the child . . . well, who can blame them? What kind of person forgets a baby?The wealthy do, it turns out. And the poor, and the middle class. Parents of all ages and ethnicities do it. Mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers. It happens to the chronically absent-minded and to the fanatically organized, to the college-educated and to the marginally literate. In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist.
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