Summer safety tips for kids and cars

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nearly 40 children die every year after being left in a hot vehicle. Experts say that even the best parent or caregiver can forget they have a small passenger on-board.

New technology like car seat monitors, or something as simple as a stuffed animal sitting in the front seat to serve as a reminder can help prevent a tragic accident.

One obvious tip is never leave a child alone in a car — even for a minute. Use the “look before you lock” method, which gets you in the habit of always opening the back door of your car to make sure a child is not inside. And when a child is missing always check your vehicles, including the trunk.

“I think it just takes parents to keep a watch on their kids, James Garrett, Kansas City public information officer, said. “It’s just a bad deal to leave them in there for three minutes two minutes whatever the case is.

If you happen to see a child left alone in a car, call for help.  For more information, visit kidsandcars.org.

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