It happens every year, but no parent thinks it will happen to them. Hot-car deaths are occurring as temperatures rise, and in an effort to prevent tragedy, Woman’s Hospital is again offering free reminder hangtags.
According to Kids and Cars, a child advocacy group, a major contributing factor to hot-car deaths includes a change in routine, such as a parent temporarily being responsible for daycare drop-off instead of going straight to work. Tragedy occurs quickly, as it only takes minutes for a child’s core body temperature to reach 105 degrees and begin to shut down. Kids and Cars encourages parents and caregivers to get in the habit of checking the backseat every time they arrive at a destination.
Though the hangtags are not intended to replace alertness, they serve as an extra reminder to check for the child in the backseat. Parents are also encouraged to leave an always-used or necessary item in the backseat, such as a laptop bag, purse, or left shoe.
The hangtags are available at Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way, Airline Highway and Pecue Lane; and Woman’s Center for Wellness, 9637 Jefferson Highway (corner of Bluebonnet and Jefferson).
The tags can also be downloaded and printed by visiting http://www.womans.org/our-services/mother-and-baby/newborn-care/car-seat-safety/look-back.