Prevention is the key to eliminating these tragedies. There are a myriad of options to choose from to help avoid leaving a child in a car.
NEVER purposefully leave a child unattended in a vehicle for any reason.
When someone else is driving your child to a destination, always check to make sure your child made it safely.
When placing your child in the vehicle, place an item you'll need later in the back seat, such as...
Purse, briefcase or wallet
Your left shoe!
Place a visual reminder in plain sight in or on your vehicle.
To avoid children accidentally locking themselves in an unattended vehicle...
Talk to your kids about the dangers and let them know it's never ok to play in an unattended vehicle.
Lock all doors and trunks when a vehicle is not in use.
When it comes to childcare...
If you're dropping off the kids, but your spouse usually does so, ask him/her to call you to make sure drop off occurred.
Ask your child care provider to call you if your child isn't dropped off as expected.