NEW YORK (CNN) – A public service announcement carries a message with the power to save lives. Simply put, never leave your child alone in the car even for a minute, whether they’re in a car seat or not.
The temperature inside that car can rise twenty degrees in a mere ten minutes, and that can be devastating to a child.
An infant doesn’t tolerate heat as well as an adult and so their cells can be injured. Injuries can be serious, even deadly.
In fact, the organization kidsandcars.org says that, on average throughout the past fifteen years, there have been thirty-eight such fatalities annually in the U.S. alone.
Experts agree these tragedies are preventable, and offer these tips to all parents and caregivers.
A good reminder, visual reminder, might be to take that child’s stuffed animal and have it in the front seat next to you. You may want to bring your purse or laptop computer and put it next to baby’s car seat.
Whatever you do, never leave a child, not even to run into the store, to run back into the house, you never know what’s going to happen.