Local firefighters urge parents to ‘look before you lock’

Parents’ routines are changing now that kids are going back to school and Quincy firefighters have a reminder to keep your little ones safe. 

According to kidsandcars.org, 37 children die in hot cars on average each year in the U.S. 

Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car. With schedules now getting hectic for many parents, Firefighter Lee Carpenter shares some tips so you don’t forget your child in the car. 

"Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child gets put in the car seat move the stuffed animal to the front seat so you can remember," said Carpenter. "The stuffed animal is kind of a reminder."

Officials say daycare providers and babysitters should also have a plan. 

If the baby doesn’t show up when they are expected, call both parents as a way to confirm that nothing is wrong and/or to notify the parents of the mistake.
 

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