We’ve talked about kids dying in hot cars before (and it is so upsetting) but with temperatures expected to hit 100, we can all use a reminder not to forget the kids in the backseat! (Check out this photo gallery of summer heat safety tips.)
It’s so scary because it truly could happen to anyone! And researchers who track the number of deaths are especially concerned this year because June’s numbers were higher than normal (18 in June as of June 28.). July is usually the worst month for deaths of children left in hot cars but since June’s numbers were so high they are worried it will be a record-setting year.
Jan Null, an adjunct professor of meteorology at San Francisco State University, began tracking the data in the late 1990s when laws started requiring babies to face backward in their carseats in the backseat. That is apparently when parents started to forget more often.
Null’s San Francisco State University had a very interesting Web site with all kinds of statistics about kids dying in hot cars. I was particularly interested in maps that showed where the deaths have occurred over the years — not surprisingly a very large amount have occurred in the Southeast.
From the fact sheet:
How much the car heats up per 10 minutes:
Vehicle interior color probably biggest factor
Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies.
I think these safety tips are good especially about setting all your stuff in the backseat so you don’t forget the baby. I think moving the stuffed animal may be confusing but if your purse is in the backseat you’ll turn around to get it. I also think that just by locking our doors and putting the keys up high we can reduce 30 percent of the deaths according to Null’s stats! I’m going to lock my car right now!!! I do say to my kids all the time we never play in the car.
So why do you think stats are increasing? Do you have any techniques to help you remember on a busy morning that your kids are back there? Have you ever almost forgot? (Each time I added a child, I had to remind myself you have another child in there. It’s just what you’re used to getting out.)