- Make sure to take your kids with you. As in, remove them from the vehicle when you go make a quick stop at the supermarket. In some states, like Florida (where the temperatures are generally high) this is mandatory by law. By getting in to the habit of taking your child with you, you’ll remember to take your child out of the car even on your busiest days.
- Never leave your keys within arms reach of your child. Even when you’re at home. The auto lock on your key fob makes it possible for a child to lock themselves in a car. Always carry spare keys with you and don’t keep your spare on the same key ring as your main key set. America’s Lock and Key (located in Tampa, FL) or your local locksmith can make a duplicate of most keys for less than what a dealer would charge.
- Ask your child(ren)’s caregiver to give you a call if your child is absent for the day. Sometimes parents head to work and forget that their child is in the car. This is the most dangerous type of lock-in. Being in a hot car for a full workday can be life threatening.
- Always check the car seat each time you leave your car. Some people leave an important item like their phone or wallet on the floor in front of or next to the car seat, so they must look at the car seat each time they leave the car. Other people place a sign on the dashboard. Never assume that you won’t forget.
- Have your local locksmith number programmed in your phone.