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Remember the kids; Keeping the little ones safe all year!

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Remember the kids; Keeping the little ones safe all year!

It’s horrible to think about, but every year children are left in hot cars. We’ve all seen the news reports and social media postings warning parents and caregivers to be aware of how quickly temperatures can rise in the summer, but what about the winter months? Did you know that children are also left in the winter?

While children can sometimes inadvertently trigger electronic door locks, the most common reason this tragedy occurs is when a parent or caregiver makes a change in their routine. When this change in routine, or even change in responsibility occurs, a lapse in memory can occur. Depending on the time of year, a child locked in a vehicle may experience heat stroke or even hypothermia.

 

In the event of a change in routine, or caregiver responsibility, here are some quick tips to help prevent children being left in vehicles – regardless of the time of year.

  • Never leave a child alone in a car. It does not matter if it is only for a minute. The internal temperature of a car changes very quickly.
  • Always make sure “look before you lock”. That last minute glance into your back seat could save a life.
  • Put something that belongs to the child in the front seat. This could be a toy, a baby bag, a blanket etc. If there is a visual reminder, you are more likely to remember that there has been a change in routine.
  • Leave an important item that belongs to you in the backseat, such as a purse, wallet or phone.
  • When possible, place your child’s car seat in the middle of the backseat instead of behind the driver. You are more likely to catch a glimpse of the seat, or spot it in the rear-view mirror if it is in this location.
  • Have a policy set in place where your daycare will call if your child doesn’t show up.
  • Share these tips with everyone who could potentially be driving your child around.

 

If a child becomes locked in a car, call 9-1-1 immediately, and then contact Pop-A-Lock. One of their car door technicians will be dispatched right away to unlock your door for free. Across North America, Pop-A-Lock has rescued thousands of children through this free community service.

To find a locksmith that you can rely on, choose Pop-A-Lock. For a business near you, search on Pop-A-Lock.ca by city name or postal code.