Look Before You Lock!

It happens to all of us. Our routine changes or we were up late the night before and we are functioning on little to no sleep and the only way to run is on auto-pilot. We’re driving, distracted by thoughts and resulting in forgetting several things-including our precious cargo-our quiet, sleeping baby in the back seat.

Baby Safety Zone, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds everyone to follow safety tips and information to prevent heatstroke, especially among children.  

Last year, JPMA partnered with NHTSA and promoted the “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock” awareness campaign. This campaign’s purpose is to remind parents and caregivers to look in the car’s entirety before they lock, in efforts to prevent child death and injury due to heatstroke in a hot car.

Heatstroke deaths and injuries resulting from children left in cars are preventable. It is important to always be mindful of children’s surroundings. Look Before You Lock encourages parents and caregivers to keep the following in mind during the hot summer months:

  • Never leave infants or young children unattended in a vehicle–even if you leave the windows partly open or the air conditioning working.
  • Never let children play in an unattended vehicle.
  • Always lock your vehicle doors and trunk. Keep the keys out of a child’s reach.
  • If your child is missing, quickly check all vehicles, including the trunks.
  • If you see a child unattended in a hot car, call 911 and get the child out as soon as possible.
  • If you have a child, always make a habit of looking in the vehicle–front to back–before walking away.

Kids in hot cars are a deadly combination – leaving a child in a car for even a minute could be detrimental. Prevent heatstroke in children and always remember: Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock!