Citing cases across the nation in which young children have died after being left in a hot vehicle, Strongsville Police are launching a local initiative designed to remind drivers to check the back seat of their car before getting out.
“Look Before You Lock” reminds motorists to always double-check to make sure their child isn’t in the vehicle when they exit.
In tragedies involving kids left in cars, the parents often say they were distracted, tired or their routine had changed – and they simply forgot a child was in the back seat.
Strongsville police will be giving out mirror-hangers reminding drivers to get in the habit of checking the back seat every time they leave their car. The hangers will be available at the police station, at local retailers where child safety seats are sold, and by officers who install child seats in vehicles for residents.
Some other tips:
- Keep a stuffed animal or other item in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat.
- If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check that your child arrived safely.
Most heatstroke deaths among children occurred when a distracted caregiver forgot a quiet child was in the vehicle.
If you come across a child unattended in a vehicle, don’t wait more than a few minutes for the driver to return – call the police. And if the child is in distress, call 911 right away and get the child out of the car as quickly as you can.
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