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Children should never be left in a car without an adult since they could develop heatstroke if a car becomes too hot. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the interior temperature of a vehicle can increase as much as 20 degrees in ten minutes. Even when the temperature is only 60 degrees Fahrenheit outdoors, the temperature inside of the vehicle can get to 110 degrees Fahrenheit fairly quickly. 

Children should not be allowed to play in or around cars. The car could be set in motion and an accident could occur. When stopping at the ATM, dropping off clothes at the dry cleaner or doing other errands, always bring the children with you, even if the child is sleeping. 

It’s important to know where your vehicle’s blind spot is. Before transporting children in an unfamiliar vehicle, be sure to discern its blind spot. Place an orange safety cone behind the vehicle and pull forward until you can see it in your rear-view mirror. Measure the distance between your bumper and the cone. This distance is the distance a child would need to be from your bumper for you to see him. By checking behind your vehicle before backing up you can prevent accidental back overs. 

In 2014 The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a final rule requiring rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018. This new rule enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by back over accidents.

For nannies electric garage doors pose a special concern. Electric garage doors should stop or reverse themselves when they touch an object so that the children will not be crushed under a closing door. Test the mechanism of the garage door using a roll of paper towels to be sure it works. Nannies should report any issues with the garage door operation to their employers. 

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Car Safety