Preventable Death (The Most Important Thing to Remember)

The Inspiration

First off, you need to know that I do not have a personal tie to this. I have never left or lost a child due to unsafe car conditions. Nor do I know anyone who has. But, the other day my Dad came to me saying that while him and my Mom were driving out to La Cantera, he saw a sign asking parents not to leave their children in the car. He found it peculiar, as do I, that someone thought the right place for that was on a major highway where people are going 70 mph. Although I applaud the effort, I highly doubt that parents need that reminder at that particular moment. From this conversation, the idea for this new campaign was born.

I’d like to launch a campaign to encourage businesses to put up a sign politely reminding parents not to leave their children in the car. In exchange for participating in this, I will offer businesses a blurb on my blog about their efforts. I will create a master-list of all businesses that help promote awareness.

I think there are many reasons children get left in the car, such as, but not limited to:

1.) You’ve got a new baby and you’re exhausted  & sleep-deprived.

2.) You’ve got multiple children and you’re stressed out.

3.) You need to run into a store just for a moment, so it’s tempting to leave the car running & just grab what you need, but babies have been kidnapped when someone tries to steal the car as a result.

4.) You don’t want to wake-up sleeping baby for a quick errand, and you’re positive you’ll be right back. 

5.) You’re late for work and in all the chaos, you think you’ve already dropped the baby at daycare.

The Facts

According to Kids and Cars, an average of one child every nine days dies every year here in the U.S. from heatstroke after being left in the car. To put it another way, that is an average of 38 deaths a year.

Some states actually have certain laws that pertain to leaving children in the car. Here in Texas, if you leave a child under the age of 7 alone for longer than five minutes and they are not accompanied by another person 14 years or older, it is considered a Class C Misdemeanor. But that is only if NOTHING happens to the child. If for some reason your child is hurt, it is a felony and you could face up to 2 years in jail plus a $10,000 fine. To see if your state  has a law click here.

Where does your state rank? I’m sad to say that Texas seems to be the highest.

The Tips & Tricks
To prevent forgetting a child in the car, considering leaving something you’ll need when you get out such as shoes, purse, phone, etc. And take a look at this safety checklist–it’s simple, but these quick points just might save your child’s life.
The Goal
The goal is simple–PREVENT death that shouldn’t be happening in the first place.
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