USING IT BECOMES HABIT. JUST LIKE YOUR SEATBELT. ITS ALWAYS IN THE CAR WHEN YOU NEED IT, AND YOU PUT IT ON AUTOMATICALLY
43 CHILDREN HAVE DIED THIS YEAR, JUST IN THE UNITED STATES, FROM BEING LEFT IN HOT CARS (as of 10/3/13)
My daughter and I are determined to prevent the deaths of children due to being left in a hot car. After much research, then some testing, we found the answer. Something that so affordable, we can get it in the hands of every parent. Something that is easy to use. Something that works!
IT'S SO SIMPLE - THERE ARE ONLY TWO PLACES THE CAR SEAT REMINDER WILL BE:
1) On one of the main fastening straps of the car seat when the child is NOT in the car
2) On the wrist of the person in charge of the child, after the child is secured in to the car seat in the car.
IS PROSECUTION THE ANSWER? PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE. IT MAY HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE PARENTS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR CHILDREN. :Gene Weingarten, Author of the Pulitzer Prize winning article, Fatal Distraction, on the subject of parents being charged after inadvertently leaving a child behind in a vehicle… “During my research for a 2009 Washington Post Magazine story on this subject, I spoke with 13 parents who had accidentally killed their children this way. All were haunted by remorse. Some who were prosecuted were deeply resentful; others, much less so. But all who were prosecuted felt strongly that the proceedings had further damaged their families in ways difficult to repair. The families felt twice punished for something none of them saw as a crime.
Criminal prosecution and incarceration are said to serve three purposes: punishment, protection of the community and deterrence of others with similar malign intent. In these cases, the last two goals disappear. The parents are a continuing danger to no one, nor could anybody sanely argue that fear of prison is even a minuscule factor in preventing this. So we are left with the nebulous notion of punishing, for punishment’s sake alone, an act of accidental negligence that by its nature subjects the doer to a lifetime of agony so profound that it is unfathomable to anyone who has not lived it. Prosecution is not, in my view, warranted.”
WHO SHOULD ORDER CAR SEAT REMINDERS?
PARENTS - CHURCH GROUPS - DAY CARE FACILITIES - GRANDPARENTS AND OTHER EXTENDED FAMILY - ANYONE WHO WILL HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR TRANSPORTING A CHILD IN A CAR SEAT, EVEN ONE TIME
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
SPREAD THE WORD. PURCHASE THEM AS GIFTS FOR NEW BABIES. SAFETY ADVOCY GROUPS, DAYCARES, FIREHOUSES, BABY SUPPLY STORES, AUTO PARTS AND REPAIR STORES, CITY COUNCILS, AND MANY OTHERS CAN OFFER THESE TO THEIR CUSTOMERS, FRIENDS, RESIDENTS, ETC...
PERSONALIZE THEM WITH YOUR INFORMATION. THE CAR SEAT REMINDER BRACELETS COST LESS THAN A PEN WITH YOUR COMPANY NAME, AND YOUR CUSTOMERS WITH CHILDREN WILL APPRECIATE THEM BECAUSE IT SHOWS THAT YOU CARE ABOUT THEIR SAFETY.
OUR CAR SEAT REMINDER STORY: One afternoon, I was headed to pick up my youngest daughter from softball practice. It was quiet, I had a little music playing, and I heard this soft, sweet sigh from the back seat of my car. My beautiful little grand-daughter, sleeping soundly in her car seat. She had been so quiet, that I momentarily forgot about her. She is usually with her mother, not me. I would like to say with complete confidence that I would have remembered without having heard her. What if I didn't? What if I got to the practice field, and I got in to a conversation, or practice went on longer, or any number of things? It was over 100 degrees outside the car. If the Air Conditioner was not on, it could get to over 130 degrees in no time at all.
I never want to risk it again. And, who else worries about the same thing? Anyone who has ever transported a child. An average of 30 children die each year due to being left in the vehicle. Almost every time, they were left by a loving, caring person, who didn't imagine that it could ever happen to them. Their normal routine had been disrupted. Now, their lives are forever changed.
My daughter and I talked about my story, and about others we heard about that did not end so well. We decided to find a way to help prevent this tragedy from continuing to happen. This is how our Child Seat Reminder was born. We came up with a simple idea. A band that is easy for any one to use. So easy, you will do it if you have it. And then, we made it super affordable. We want it to be something anyone has easy access to.
BACKOVER DEATHS BECAUSE A CHILD'S CARRIER OR A SMALL CHILD WAS NOT LOADED IN TO THE CAR CAN ALSO BE PREVENTED WITH USE OF THE CAR SEAT REMINDER
SCENARIO 1: You have been shopping. You arrive home, the kids come in and help you bring in the groceries. One of them usually brings the baby in for you. You collapse on the couch to rest a moment before beginning dinner, and you notice the band on your hand. Baby is a little scared, maybe hot or cold, depending on where you live. But, baby is okay.
SCENARIO 2: You are loading your three children in to the vehicle. One is an infant and cannot walk. The others can walk and often climb in the car themselves. You have to load backpacks, and an ice chest in addition to the children. You start the car, you see three bracelets on your wrist. Since you only move the bracelets on to you wrist as soon as each child is secured in to his car seat, you know for certain that all three children are loaded and not in danger of being backed over.
SCENARIO 3: Grandpa is going to help with baby because the baby-sitter is sick. His normal routine is to go to breakfast with his friends. He puts baby in the car seat and safely buckles him in and moves the band from the strap on the car seat to his wrist (as instructed by baby's mommy). He sings a few old songs from his day to entertain baby on the way to the restaurant. He arrives to find his friends just walking in and he hurries out to join them in conversation. As coffee is being poured, the waitress asks what the band on his wrist means. Again, baby scared, maybe even still not aware that he was even left alone. But, baby is okay and everyone is grateful for this simple, inexpensive reminder.
HOW CAN PARENTS FORGET A CHILD IN THE CAR?: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/27/AR2009022701549_2.html?sid=ST2009030602446 David Diamond is a professor of molecular physiology at the University of South Florida:"Memory is a machine," he says, "and it is not flawless. Our conscious mind prioritizes things by importance, but on a cellular level, our memory does not. If you're capable of forgetting your cellphone, you are potentially capable of forgetting your child." "The quality of prior parental care seems to be irrelevant," he said. "The important factors that keep showing up involve a combination of stress, emotion, lack of sleep and change in routine, where the basal ganglia is trying to do what it's supposed to do, and the conscious mind is too weakened to resist. What happens is that the memory circuits in a vulnerable hippocampus literally get overwritten, like with a computer program. Unless the memory circuit is rebooted -- such as if the child cries, or, you know, if the wife mentions the child in the back -- it can entirely disappear."