Oh I can't even read the stories or listen to the news of a child dying in such a way anymore. It's like my heart stops for a few minutes!
So I want to share this information from a source with you.
One Friday afternoon in high school, I drove to the local shopping center to visit my friend at work. I’d just taken my dog for a walk, so I left her in the backseat while I dropped in. I only planned to be gone a couple minutes.
As I walked back to my car, I saw a crowd of shoppers gathered in front of it. I was uneasy about their the disapproving stares, but I was most concerned about the sheriffs standing by. Clearly I’d done something wrong. But what had I done?
“Is this your car, ma’am?”
“Yes, sir,” I stammered, trying to hide my panic (and embarrassment).
“You left your dog in the car without opening the window. Didn’t you know that’s dangerous?”
Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it. It was early evening, it wasn’t hot out, and I was gone for five minutes. Plus, my dog seemed content in the back seat. But that didn’t matter to the sheriffs. I had endangered my dog’s safety, and I should have realized it.
That was in 2005, a year before leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle became illegal in California.
I walked away with just a verbal warning, but it got me thinking: What if that had been a child? Would I have left him or her in car, even for “just a couple minutes?”
Leaving kids in cars is illegal in only 19 states, and its consequences can be fatal. I’m not a mother, but I’ve been a babysitter and a nanny. I can’t imagine putting any child —my own or someone else’s—in so much danger. But leaving your child alone in a hot car does happen, because parents make mistakes, too. They’ve got a lot on their minds, and all too often, they simply forget about their child in the backseat. Or they don’t want to drag a young child along for a quick errand, so they leave their baby behind, thinking that it’s safe to do so.
As a result, a staggering 23 children have died just this year from being left in a hot car. While leaving your pet unattended in the car is irresponsible, neglecting your own child in the backseat is simply inexcusable.
If the subject of hot car deaths makes your stomach churn, then please take a moment to share this new infographic created by Instant Checkmate. It reveals how quickly a car can turn into a death trap for small children—and reminds us that this terrible trend is also completely preventable.
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure