Experts suggest tips to keep from leaving kids in hot cars

Experts suggest tips to keep from leaving kids in hot cars

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One tip: Leave your left shoe in the back seat so you'll have to look and reach back before getting out of the car. Source: WBRC video One tip: Leave your left shoe in the back seat so you'll have to look and reach back before getting out of the car. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Most parents cannot believe they would leave their child in a hot vehicle.

Maria DeWitt, from Berkeley, California, is visiting Birmingham with her grandson Xavier. DeWitt says she can't understand how any parent can forget a child is in the car.

"Never. Never have I forgotten my child or my grandchild in a car," DeWitt said.

But Dr. Mark Baker at Children's of Alabama says it happens.

"Parents can get distracted very easily. Especially when they have a lot of things too do and they are out of a normal routine," Dr. Baker said.

When it comes to reminding parents about their children, Dr. Baker says it comes down to habit.

"Remind yourself or get in the habit by look before lock. You look in the back seat. You look in the front seat before locking the car," Baker said.

At AAA of Alabama, Clay Ingram suggest other reminders.

"A possible thing is put something in the back seat you need. Your cell phone, your briefcase, your purse," Ingram said.

Other child safety advocates suggest taking off your left shoe and putting in the back seat. Everyone needs a shoe getting out of a car.

"I think it's exteme, but whatever it is you need to do to not forget your child is really important. If that means taking off your shoe and putting it with the child so you won't forget their child before leaving a car, I think it's a good idea," DeWitt said.

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