Kars4Kids Announces New App To Prevent Heatstroke Deaths of Children Forgotten in Cars

Free app to be released from nonprofit Kars4Kids aims to prevent more deaths of children forgotten in hot cars.

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If our app means the difference between life and death for even just one child, all our effort was worthwhile.

Lakewood, NJ (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

National nonprofit Kars4Kids today announced the upcoming release of a free app to prevent parents and caregivers from forgetting their young children in the car. With the summer only just begun and news headlines already reporting several heatstroke deaths of children forgotten in cars, the Kids N Kars app gives concerned parents a tangible preventative measure they can take to ensure such a story doesn’t happen to them.

The Android app connects with a car’s Bluetooth technology to trigger an alert when the driver’s phone disconnects from the car, serving as a reminder to parents to take their children out with them. With summer temperatures often reaching the eighties, a vehicle’s internal temperature can climb to 109°F, the degree which is fatal for children, in well under an hour.

Though few parents imagine that they could ever forget a child of theirs in the car, research has shown that such a memory lapse could happen to even the most conscientious, responsible and loving parent. In many cases, a change in routine or schedule coupled with a fatigued mind is the cause. Add the fact that parents are advised to keep their children out of sight in rear-facing car seats until age two at least, and the possibility of forgetting them there is no longer so remote.

With the launch date being in the next couple of weeks, Kars4Kids is releasing the Kids n Kars app in conjunction with a widespread awareness campaign to educate parents of the dangers involved in forgetting their children for even a short time in a hot vehicle. “The stories you read in the news are truly heart wrenching,” said Kars4Kids spokesperson Wendy Kirwan. “We believe that awareness is key to prevention as so many people still believe that only a bad or irresponsible parent would forget their child in the car. If our app means the difference between life and death for even just one child, all our effort was worthwhile.”

For more information about the app and safety initiative, visit http://www.kars4kids.org/kidsnkars.

Kars4Kids is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to give back to the community through a variety of education, youth development, family outreach and faith-based programs. The charity provides an array of services to children and families including educational programming, school placement, tuition assistance, mentorship programs, cultural activities, religious instruction, recreation and guidance counseling.

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