Can you Spot the Tot?

Before you get in your car to head out for work or soccer practice or lunch, do you make it a practice to look for kids that might be playing or retrieving a lost toy behind your vehicle?  It happens more often than you think.  In a new campaign from Safe Kids called 'Spot the Tot,' the organization hopes raise awareness about protecting kids in and around vehicles.  

According to Safe Kids, 92,000 children have been treated in an emergency room for injuries that occurred while the kids were in or around a motor vehicle.  Many of these injuries occurred in what are called "frontovers," or "backovers,"  -- accidents in which a driver did not see a child in front of or behind their vehicle before they began driving.  Tragically, 39 percent of deaths from accidental backovers occurred in the child's own driveway.

With summer here, kids are out and about all over town.  Even if you don't have young children, there might be young kids in your neighborhood that have dashed behind your car to retrieve a lost toy or pet.  Taking just a few seconds to look behind and in front of your car before you drive off could be all it takes to save a life.  

Here are some great tips from Safe Kids on how to keep kids safe around cars:

  • Walk all the way around your parked car to check for children before you drive off.
  • Accompany little kids when they get in and out of a vehicle. Hold their hands while walking near moving vehicles or in driveways and parking lots or on sidewalks.
  • Make sure children's play areas are well away from driveways and parking lots.
  • Show children the safe places to stand and wait when vehicles are moving.
  • Don’t allow children to play unattended in parking lots when cars are present.

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