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Tips to keep kids safe in and around vehicles

• Walk around and behind a vehicle priorto moving it.

• Know where your kids are. Make children move away from your vehicle to a place where they are in full view and/or have another adult supervise children before moving your vehicle.

• Teach children that "parked" vehiclesmight move. Let them know that theycan see the vehicle; but the driver might not be able to see them.

• Consider installing cross view mirrors, rear view video camera, audible collision detectors, and/or some type of backup detection device.

• Measure the size of your blindzone (area) behind the vehicle(s) you drive.

• Be aware that steep inclines and large SUVs, vans and trucks add to the difficultyof seeing behind a vehicle.

• Teach your children to never play in, around, or behind a vehicle and always set the emergency brake and keep your vehicle locked even in the garage.

• Keep toys and other sports equipment off the driveway.

• Homeowners should trim landscaping around the driveway to ensure they can see the sidewalk.

• Keys and/or remote openers should never be left within reach of children.

• Never leave children alone in or around cars - not even for a minute - even if the air-conditioning is on or a window is cracked.

• Make it routine to put your handbag, wallet, cell phone or laptop on the floor of the backseat.

• Make it a habit to look in the backseat by opening the back door of your vehicle before locking the car and walking away.

• Arrange to have your daycare provider call you if your child has not been dropped off within 30 minutes of your usual routine.

• If you normally bring your child to daycare,and your spouse happens to takethe child instead, have your spouse or partner call you to verify the child arrived safely at daycare.

• If you see a child alone inside a vehicle, call 911 immediately! Do not wait. A few minutes can be the difference between life and death inside a vehicle.

• When a child is missing, check vehicles and car trunks immediately.