Far too many children are dying of heatstroke as a result of being left in a hot vehicle.
This is a tragedy that changes the lives of families forever. In 2016 alone there have been 16 deaths as a result of this! I know, we can sit here and say how can this keep happening and why? But the fact remains, it does happen and we need to take measures to make people more aware and prevent this from happening to any parent or caregiver out there!
So I have always felt that if you are scheduled to be somewhere and will not be going for some reason then you need to call and say you will not be there.
Simple right? Yes, but people don’t always think that way. So here is a tip that I feel is important.
If your daycare does not already do so, make sure they have a policy that if you do not show up with your child on a scheduled day that they will call you at a certain time to see why your child did not show up. This call should probably go out about 2 hours after the facility opens.
Now think about the tragedies that could have been avoided if this policy was adhered to in all programs. Several stories have involved parents forgetting to drop their child off at daycare and leaving them in the vehicle when they went into work. I always say better safe than sorry and it is so worth taking the time out to go and make that call!
If you would like to read more on this subject, please go to KidsandCars.org as they are a great resource! They tell you to do simple things like put your briefcase, purse, lunch, cell phone in the backseat with your child or put your child’s supplies, their lunch box and backpack in the front seat as a reminder.
So please let’s all stay safe and have a happy summer!