- Call 911 immediately if you see a child in a car alone. EMS professionals are trained in determining if the child is in trouble
- Never leave a child alone in a vehicle, even if the window slightly open
- Place whatever is to be carried from the car like a cell phone, PDA, purse, briefcase, gym bag, etc. on the floor in front of a child in the backseat. This causes adults to see and remember that the children are in the vehicle when they open the rear door and reach for whatever they are carrying in from the vehicle
- Set a reminder on your cell phone or Blackberry to make sure you dropped your child off at the day care
- Set your computer calendar program, for example Outlook, to ask, “Did you drop off at daycare today?”
- Have a plan in place so that if your child is late for daycare that you will be called within a few minutes. Be especially careful if you change your routine when you drop off your little kids at day care
- Teach your children not to play in any vehicles
- Lock all vehicle doors and trunk after everyone has exited the vehicle, especially at home. Keep the keys out of children’s reach. Cars are not playgrounds or babysitters!
- If your child goes missing first check vehicles and trunks
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