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Spot the Tot: Keep kids safe around vehicles

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Each year, 230 children die and nearly 2,500 children are injured in motor vehicle back over accidents in the United States. Half of the children injured are under the age of four.

Many of these injuries and deaths occur in driveways and parking lots when drivers simply don't see the children near their vehicles.

It really does take a just a few seconds to save a child's life. Spot the Tot, a nationwide initiative of Safe Kids Buckle Up, teaches parents, drivers, caregivers and children how to reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities that occur in driveways, parking lots and sidewalks.

Here are three tips by Spot the Tot recommended to help keep kids safe around cars:

  1. Parents and caregivers should firmly hold the hand of children when in driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks.
  1. Drivers- even those without children of their own, should do a safety check to look for children walking or playing around cars.
  1. Drivers should take a walk all the way around their parked vehicle to check for children, toys and pets before getting in the car and starting the motor.
It really does just take a few seconds to save a child's life. For more information about Spot the Tot, go to www.usa.safekids.org/skbu/index.html
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