You and your child are out and about having a fun day when you go to open the rear passenger car door to get them out of their seat…OH no! It’s locked. That’s ok…just open your door and hit the button….OH NO! The WHOLE car is locked….and your little one is still in the car. What do you do?
1. Keep Calm. If you remain calm on the outside (even when you are panicking on the inside) your child will remain calm.
2. Call 911. Don’t smash your window. Don’t break your car door. Call 911. The police and fire department WILL show up. They WILL be able to open your door. They WILL arrive as fast as humanly possible. Just remain calm (see number 1) and call 911.
3. Stay be your vehicle. You might be tempted to try and find help. But don’t leave your vehicle. This will make it easier for police and fire department to find you.
4. If you are at a business ask someone else to go inside and let the business know what has happened. They are going to be able to give you an accurate address to relay to 911.
I know your probably thinking that this could never happen to you, you’re always so careful. However, an average of 1,400 children are accidentally locked in cars every year. So remember these tips, and hopefully you’ll never need them.