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Look Before You Lock

Submitted by Janette Fennell on January 6, 2012 – 2:46 pm

Continuing its national efforts to educate the public about the dangers of leaving children in cars, KidsAndCars.org recently unveiled a new pilot program — “Look Before You Lock,” which includes special cards that explain how memory lapses can place children in danger when inadvertently left in cars. 

Available in English or Spanish, the cards will be distributed as part of the free information packets given to new parents upon leaving the hospital.

Safety tips on the card include the memory device, BE SAFE:

Back seat – Put something in the back seat of your vehicle that requires you to open the back door every time you park — cellphone, employee badge, handbag, etc.

Every child should be correctly restrained in the back seat.

Stuffed animal – Keep a stuffed animal in your child’s car seat. Place it on the front passenger seat as a reminder when your baby is in the back seat.

Ask your babysitter or child-care provider to call you if your child hasn’t arrived on time.

Focus on driving – Avoid cellphone calls and texting while driving.

Every time you park make it a routine to open the back door of your car to check that no one has been left behind.

For more information, visit KidsAndCars.org.