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You could save a child’s life by taking a five second walk around your car before you get into it. Many of these preventable deaths and injuries occur in driveways or parking lots when drivers do not see children near their vehicles – often these drivers are loving family members or friends.
Follow Three Easy Tips to Help Keep Children Safe Around Cars:
Parents and Caregivers
Parents and caregivers are urged to firmly hold the hand of children when in driveways, parking lots and sidewalks.
Drivers, even those without children of their own, are cautioned to do a safety check to look for children walking or playing around cars.
Drivers should walk all the way around a parked vehicle to check for kids, pets or toys before entering the car and starting the motor.
Check Out These Programs
"Spot the Tot" is a nationwide expansion of the successful program of the same name created by Safe Kids Utah. The program teaches drivers, parents caregivers and children new safety tips to increase awareness about small children sharing the same space as vehicles. It is designed to increase awareness and reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities that occur in driveways, parking lots and sidewalks. "Safe Kids Buckle Up" has focused on promoting safety for children in cars for more than 10 years. Facts: Approximately 2,500 children per year ages 1-14 reported to emergency rooms and an average of 229 children per year died from motor-vehicle backover injuries in the United States from 2001-2003. Close to half of children injured in these incidents were ages 1-4.