Keeping Kids Safe Around Vehicles

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After two toddlers perished in a hot car and a 5 year-old knocked a vehicle into gear, panicked, and was run over by that vehicle, there is perhaps no better time for parents to engage in a refresher for vehicle safety.

"What people don't realize is that a car that is not even moving or that starts to move very slowly is basically a lethal weapon," said Janette Fennell, founder of Kids and Cars.

Kids and Cars is a non-profit organization that works to protect children from vehicles by providing safety tips and working to pass legislation.
For more information click on the link at the bottom of this story.

If a child is missing Fennell says your vehicles and car trunks are the first place parents should look. Kids and Cars offers the following safety tips:

1.) Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
2.) Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway and always set your parking brake.
3.) Keys and / or remote openers should never be left within reach of children.
4.) Make sure all child passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked.
5.) When a child is missing, check vehicles and trunks immediately.
6.) Be especially careful about keeping children safe in and around cars during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays.
7.) If you see a child in a vehicle alone, get involved. If they are hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

For additional tips click on the link below this story. For demonstrations click on the video above this story.