Tips to make sure you “Look Before You Lock” your car

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Since 1990, 120 children have died in Texas after being left in a hot car, the most of any state in the nation.

That’s why every Thursday,  KFDX and ER now will be reminding you to importance of looking before you lock your car.

Here are a couple reminders, be extra alert if your routine changes because that’s when the risk of unintentionally leaving your child in your car increases.

Also experts suggest placing your child’s car seat in the middle of the backseat rather than behind the drive.

That way, it’s easier to see your child in your rearview mirror!

Here are seven tips to remember as you head out of the car:

  • Be extra alert if your routine changes. That’s when the risk of unintentionally leaving your child in your car increases.
  • Put something of your child’s, like a toy, in the front seat. Even if you can’t see your child in the backseat (especially in a rear-facing car seat), the toy should trigger a reminder that they are there.
  • Leave an item you’ll need at your next destination in the backseat. To make sure you sure are aware to look in the back seat, leave something like your cell phone, purse or brief case in the back.
  • Place your child’s rear facing car seat in the middle of the backseat rather than behind the driver. That way, it;s easier to see them in the rearview mirror.
  • Set up a system with your child-care provider. If you don’t plan to drop off your child that day, call them, If the child doesn’t arrive as expected, have the caregiver call you.
  • Discuss the topic of hot-car deaths with every person who drives your child anywhere. This includes parents, grandparents, babysitters and friends.
  • Always “look before you lock.” Get in the habit of checking the backseat every time you get out of the car.

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