SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) — Primary Children’s Hospital brings a new safety device to save lives in the heat.
The Baby Safety Snap is stored in your child’s car seat. When you take the baby out of the child seat, you put the lanyard on. When you get to your destination, it serves as a reminder to get the baby out.
Felicia Ellis from Ogden experienced a close call she never wants to see happen again.
“I was halfway to work when I realized I still had both of my kids in the backseat. I cried to myself at work that day thinking of what a disaster it could’ve been.”
Primary Children’s Hospital and law enforcement want you to know about the Baby Safety Snap.
“It’s just a great visual reminder when you put your child in the car, you put the lanyard around your neck and then when you arrive at your destination the bright yellow lanyard will help you remember there’s a child in your car. If you see somebody wearing one of these bright yellow lanyards please ask a question say ‘hey did you leave the baby in the car?'” said Jessica Strong, Primary Children’s Hospital Community Health Manager.
Sadly, 40 infants die each year after being left in a hot car. So far in 2018, that number is 21.
“I’ve responded to numerous calls where we had children in hot vehicles. You know that if it would’ve been just a few more minutes it could’ve been dangerous,” Sgt. Sam Winkler, South Jordan Police Department.
“It’s not about good or bad parenting. This happens to all of us. It’s how our brains work. We want to stay in a routine so that change of routine is really a problem and so that’s why it’s great to have a visual reminder,” said Strong.
The Baby Safety Snap lanyard was developed by Mike Hubert, an entrepreneur in Massachusetts, through Loon Ventures.
Primary Children’s Hospital is providing these safety lanyards free of charge to the public while supplies last.
You can get one at a Car Seat Checkpoint: July 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Intermountain Medical Center (corner of 5300 South 100 West) in Murray.
You can find more information online here.