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Health Tip: Locking Your Child in a Hot Car

Remind yourself of the dangers

(HealthDay News) -- As parents become busier and busier, accidentally leaving a child in a hot car isn't out of the question.

To prevent this very avoidable tragedy, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:

  • Before you lock up, look in the back seat to make sure there are no children left in the car.
  • Don't talk on the phone while driving.
  • When your routine changes, be particularly alert.
  • Set up a system with your child's care provider to call you if the child is more than 10 minutes late.
  • Place a cellphone, bag or wallet in the back seat, which will prompt you to look there before leaving your car.
  • If someone else drives your child, confirm that the youngster arrived safely.

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