Unknowingly leaving your child in the car
It can happen to anyone, anywhere – and it has.

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Fatal Distraction -- You’d never forget your kid in the car would you?

Have you ever walked into a room and can’t remember why you’re there?

Child hot-car fatalities can happen to anyone, anywhere and from any socioeconomic class, and they have – even with loving and attentive parents and caregivers.

Nearly all the stories follow the same story line: a loving parent tasked with dropping off their child is either learning a new routine or has broken their existing routine to perform the drop-off. One minute they’re a happy mom or dad headed to school or daycare then, in the next minute, they enter autopilot and their old routine kicks in. There’s a ton of research-backed science on how and why our brains do this but essentially it boils down to the fact that we are sequential thinkers, not multi-taskers as many like to believe. What happens in all of these stories is the parent’s old routine takes over and they simply follow it. They go to work or wherever they usually go, do their thing and believe they dropped off their child as intended. But when realization sets in due to a call from the school, spouse or horribly by their own discovery of their child in their car, invariably these parent search their memories not understanding how this happened.

Story after story they report a sort of blank spot. They can see themselves having dropped their child off, but can’t remember actually doing it. They were on autopilot like it was just any other day doing their normal routine.

What you can do

LEFT-SHOE REMINDER

If you have your child with you, take off your left shoe before driving. You won’t get far from your vehicle without remembering why you’re missing that shoe.

ADOPT THE BAG IN THE BACK HABIT

Every time you drive, place your bag or a frequently used item (something you couldn’t continue your day without) in the backseat. https://www.bagintheback.org/

LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK

Make “Look Before You Lock” a routine. Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading; above all, do not overlook sleeping babies who are the most frequent vehicular heatstroke victims.

SETUP THE DROPPOP™ APP ON YOUR PHONE

DropPop™ will alert you if your child has not been dropped when and where you expected them to be. Please download DropPop™ and use sponsor code [[data:sponsor_code:""]] to enable your free account provided by [[data:sponsor_name:""]].

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For more information:

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www.NoHeatstroke.org

www.KidsAndCars.org


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