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July 3, 2013

Kids die in parked cars

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Ada —

• Never leave a child unattended in a car, even if the windows are tinted or down. The same recommendation applies to pets or the elderly.

(That’s all well and good, but what if you forget the infant’s back there? We do that, you know. They go to sleep, we get involved with less important matters and they can die because of it.)

• Don’t allow children to play in unlocked, parked vehicles and never leave car keys where children have access to them. (I’ve had to take my own car keys out of a pooch’s mouth before. He liked the way they jingled.)

• Keep doors locked and windows closed at all times, no matter where the vehicle is parked. (Just make sure the kid’s not still in the car when you do this.)

• Make sure all children leave the vehicle when you reach your destination. (How long does it take to scan the backseat and floorboard?)

• When you first place a child in a car seat in the back seat of the car, also open the glove compartment door, flip down the passenger side visor or put a purse, or something you have to have, in the backseat near the human cargo. 

If you see a child alone in a locked, parked car, don’t hesitate to be a busy-body. Call 911 immediately for emergency assistance.

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