How about this for an opener: Even great parents can forget a child in the back seat, and caregivers who aren’t used to driving kids are especially likely to forget. A change in a caregiver’s normal routine is another risk factor. Unfortunately, heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children.
I’ll repeat that last bit: One of the leading causes of death among children.
Sobering, isn’t it?
Here are a few facts:
While extreme temps may be winding down in some parts of the country, Texas heat is still a killer. As you can see by the above info, it doesn’t take long for a child’s body temperature to rise into the danger zone.
What Can We Do?
#1) NEVER leave unattended children in the car.
#2) ALWAYS check the backseat when exiting a vehicle.
#3) Put a child’s lovey (a teddy bear or blanket) in their car seat when it’s empty and move it to the front seat when they’re in their car seat as a reminder that you have precious cargo traveling with you.
#4) If you come across a child alone in a locked car, never wait more than a few minutes before calling 911. If the child is unresponsive, Good Samaritan laws protect those who offer immediate assistance. The welfare of the child is more important than a broken window.
Breaking a car window is easier than you think. Make sure your blunt force is focused on the corner, preferably on the opposite side of the car from where the child is sitting. Car windows typically will not shatter because they are made with safety glass, which crumbles into rounded pieces, but take precautions to be safe. You don’t need the window shattering safety tool (~ A gentle reminder: OMT! uses Amazon referral links. When you do your shopping through the Amazon links on this page, you support the blog at no cost to yourself. It’s much appreciated!~), but it helps to keep one in your car.
Tough subject matter = KNOW ALL THE THINGS! Get your Boy Scout on and be prepared, y’all.