Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. Unfortunately, even great parents can forget a child in the back seat. Other risk factors include caregivers who aren't used to driving kids or whose routine suddenly changes.
Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock! Month is recognized in August every year to remind people that it is NEVER safe to leave a child unattended in a car. Kaitlyn Russell was an infant who was left in the car by her babysitter, which unfortunately, led to her death at just 6 months of age. After this incident, legislators worked hard to get “Kaitlyn’s Law” passed, and they were successful. It is now illegal to leave a child under the age of 6 unattended in a car, unless someone 12 years of age or older is present.
Injury Prevention Services fully supports Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock! Month and we distribute supplies to local county agencies that also take a special interest. It is important to remind people of this preventable act, and make sure our children are well taken care of.