Hot Car Hazard: Parent Forgetfulness Can Be Deadly

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"Keep in mind how much regret you will feel if something happens while you're gone. You may feel like you're saving time but it only takes an instant for something to go wrong."

Richard Gallagher, an associate professor at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center, says he believes the solutions for time-strapped parents are obvious -- either leave your children at home or get them out of the car and bring them with you, even if you only plan on being gone for a few minutes.

"Take the time to take the kids with you. You can teach them about your responsibilities, what it takes to interact with people, and show them that they are important enough for you to be patient, he says.

As you're untangling straps and loading up strollers, Brown says it helps to keep things in perspective.

"It isn't a permanent situation and you won't be stuck doing this forever. Your kids will eventually grow up so in the meantime it's best to do everything you can to avoid an accident right now."

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