As the Lakewood community continues to grapple with the recent tragedy, Kars4Kids has announced that they created an app that sets off an alarm and can remind parents that their babies are in the backseat.
The app can even have a photo of the child, along with an alert that says “Remember to take your child from the car.”
The app also allows for a customizable ring tone and can easily be turned off when your child is not with you.
“People really don’t realize that it could’ve happened to you. It really could’ve,” Kars4Kids spokeswoman Wendy Kirwan told News 12.
Kirwan also said that the organization has long pushed an awareness campaign about how quickly temperatures can rise in a locked car.
It can take only 10 to 20 minutes for temperatures to rise 20 degrees.
“In a lot of these stories that you hear, that’s all the parents needed – was just a reminder that, ‘Hey, there’s a kid in the backseat,’” she added.
According to NoHeatStroke.org, 801 children have died of heat stroke after being left inside cars since 1998. In 2018, 52 children died.