Summertime safety for kids in cars
- Never leave your kids in a closed car in the summer by themselves. Not for a quick dash into the convenience store. Not to drop something off at a friends' house and certainly not to run into the house for one more thing. You never know what is going to distract you on the other end. A ringing phone, a neighbor in distress, or a long line for lottery tickets are just a few of the things you could encounter. Take your kids with you. Or at the very least, park in the shade and make sure all windows are open before you make that dash.
- Get in the habit of stowing your stuff in the backseat — your lunch, your briefcase, your purse. Even if you don't normally have the kids in the car with you. Especially if you don't normally have the kids in the car with you. Because it may just save you on a day when you do.
- Feel the seat belts before the kids buckle up. Too hot? Run the AC for a few minutes to bring down the temp.
- Don't forget the sunscreen before your next road trip. And grab a window shade if you know your kids will be in the sun for hours.
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