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It seems like everyone always talks about how leaving your pets in a car during the summer is irresponsible. However, now it is becoming more common that parents are accidentally leaving their children in the car during the summer months and it is fatal.
It only takes 15 minutes for a car in 80-degree weather to turn into a 130-degree sauna inside. And we’ve now reached an average of 37 kids dying in these circumstances every year since 1998.
Therefore, today I wanted to discuss five ways to prevent leaving your kids in the car because honestly as parents we are busy and usually have a million things running through our minds so this mistake could happen to anyone.
Invest in a New Car
Car manufacturers are coming up with some really neat features on their new cars. The 2017 GMC Acadia is including something called the Rear Seat Reminder. If a rear door is opened and closed within 10 minutes before your car either starts or while the vehicle is running you’ll get an automatic alert to take a look.
But investing in a new car isn’t viable for most people. There have to be some cheaper options on the table. Thankfully, there are.
Use a Trigger
Sometimes it’s easy to forget to take our children out of the car on a hot summer’s day. People get busy and they don’t think, especially if they’ve just come out of a long winter. Try using a trigger to help you remember. Put a toy in the front seat. This physical reminder will send your thoughts back to your child.
You could even use something like a hand-written note attached to your dash. Whatever you use, make it noticeable. This is something that is highly recommended on those days when you have your children when you normally wouldn’t.
Invest in the eClip from Elepho
If you’re looking for something a little more advanced you might want to take a look at the eClip from Elepho. It’s part of the latest wave of technology that’s currently addressing this problem. The eClip uses a Bluetooth signal that automatically tells you when you go more than 15 feet from your car, via an app, when your kids are still strapped in. It also has a temperature sensor so you know when temperatures are too dangerous.
The best thing about projects like the eClip is that costs are only going down. It’s getting cheaper than ever to invest in these devices and it’s making it easier to make sure you don’t leave your kids in the car.
See Also: eClip Kickstarter Campaign
Force Yourself into the Back
This is a bit like the trigger tactic, except this time you’re purposely leaving something you’ll need in the back of the car. Just put your cell phone or your purse on the back seat and you’ll always lean over to get it before you get out of the car. You’ll see your kids and you’ll instantly know that you need to unstrap them and get them out of the car.
It’s a great way to get into the habit of checking the back seat before you go about your business.
Talk to Others Who Have Your Kids About the Dangers
It doesn’t matter how vigilant you are because the chances are one day a friend, babysitter, or someone else will be taking your kids somewhere. Raise the issue with them and make it clear how seriously you take this. You might be good at checking the back, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is equally as vigilant. You need to be careful.
Last Word – Never Leave Your Kids in the Car at Any Time of Year
It’s easy to talk about the weather when it comes to the dangers of leaving kids in the car. However, many also argue that kids shouldn’t be left in the car alone at all. What if someone breaks into the car when you’re not there? What if you accidentally forgot about the handbrake? What if there’s a car accident involving your parked car? It’s always much safer to have your kids with you where you can care for them.
It only takes a few seconds.
What is your best tip for making sure children aren’t accidentally left in the car?
Elepho has been so kind to sponsor a giveaway here on Giveaways 4 Mom. Since the eClip won’t be available until December, they are offering you another great product of theirs, which is the eCheck. To enter this giveaway, you must go like their Facebook page (this will be verified) and enter the form below. Good luck to all that enter!
(Giveaways 4 Mom is not responsible for shipping out the prize).