Look before you lock: Preventing child deaths in hot cars
Fri, 09 May 2014 22:46:24 GMT —
On average, 38 children die every year from being left in a hot car. On warm days, it takes just minutes for the temperature inside a parked car to reach 125 degrees. A child's body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult's.
Back in 2008, Brenda Slaby fell victim to forgetting her child in her car. She told her story on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She said she accidentally left her daughter, Cecilia, 2, in the car while she was at work. Cecilia died that day.
"It's the worst, it's like your brain just worked against you. I had in my head where I needed to be and that's what I did," said Brenda Slaby on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Amber Hagler is a mother of two, says she takes steps to make sure her kids aren't left behind.
"It doesn't matter if I have to just go buy sugar, I take both my children in. I don't care if I only have to grab one thing, I'm not leaving them in the car for two seconds," said Amber Hagler.
But as Oprah explained on her show that day, anything can happen when we get too fixated on our to-do lists; so busy we forget what's most important.
"I wouldn't say that they're intentionally being neglectful, I think it's more of a symptom of a busy mind," said Sean Pierce, a licensed counselor.
Pierce says our minds can become so overwhelmed that we lose focus.
"We have about 10-11 things on our mind all at once and that ability to have something even as important as where your child is can happen."
Tips to help you remember your child is in your car include placing your cell phone next to the car seat or placing something in your front seat to remind you to check the car seat. Remember to always 'look before you lock' as well.
For more tips and more statistics on children being left in cars, click here.