July is Deadliest Month for Hot Car Deaths of Children
Nationwide, July is the deadliest month for kids dying after being left alone in hot cars, and Safe Kids Missoula’s Kira Huck has advice, and a new device to help parents ensure their children’s safety with the acronym A C T.
“’A’ is for avoid heatstroke by never leaving a child alone in the car, ‘C’ is to create reminders such as putting your purse or your cell phone in the back seat next to your child, and ‘T’ is to take action and call 9-1-1 if you see a child left alone in a car,” said Huck, who also did some research into a new product that will help parents keep their kids safe.
“Kids in Cars is offering a new tool called Cell Slip, and it’s actually designed to reduce distracted driving,” she said. “It can also help prevent hot car deaths of children. It’s got a little pouch with a special lining that helps block cell signals so that you’re not tempted to pick up your phone while you’re driving. But, in addition to that, when you put your cell phone into that pouch you’re supposed to put it behind your seat which will also serve as a reminder to look in your back seat before you exit your car.”
When a phone is removed from Cell Slip, all texts and missed calls are waiting for the user.
Huck said to never be afraid to call 9-1-1 if you see a child in a car alone because they have special training to deal with the situation and ensure the child’s safety.