•Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble.
•Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open.
•Check vehicles and trunks FIRST if a child goes missing.
•Teach children not to play in any vehicle.
•Lock all vehicle doors and trunk after everyone has exited the vehicle – especially at home.
•Place a cell phone, PDA, purse, briefcase, gym bag or whatever is to be carried from the car, on the floor in front of a child in a backseat. This triggers adults to see children when they open the rear door and reach for their belongings.
•Have a plan that if your child is late for daycare that you will be alerted by the daycare center within a few minutes. Be especially careful if you change your routine.
Source: safekids.orgCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun