The heat across the South is oppressive. Temperatures have soared into the 90s (and above), and as far as I can tell will continue to do so for the remainder of July.
Although temperatures outside are often in the 90s, temperatures inside your car climb well into the triple digits quickly. It disheartens me to read about the Georgia father who forgot to drop his 22-month old little boy, Cooper Harris, off at daycare. According to USA today, Cooper Harris was the 13th child in the U.S. this year, and the sixth this month, to perish after being left in a car.
I wrote about this very issue last year on my blog but feel it needs repeating. Below are two very easy ways to help you remember your child is in the back seat of your vehicle:
- Put a stuffed animal in the seat beside you. When you reach your destination and see the stuffed animal you’ll know to check on your child in the backseat.
- Put your purse, cell phone or briefcase in the backseat next to your child’s seat. When you reach your destination you’ll have to reach into the back to get your items.
- put a daily alarm/reminder on your calendar or phone to make sure you didn’t forget about a child in the back seat.
I highly recommend that you visit the website of the organization Kids and Cars at kidsandcars.org for valuable safety information about kids in and around cars.