Lanyard Device Is Designed To Prevent Children From Dying In Hot Cars

- Nov 18, 2018-

 SALT LAKE CITY - A safety device to help prevent heat-related injuries and deaths in cars began to be displayed and presented at a primary school children's hospital on Tuesday.

Baby Safety Snap is a low-tech solution that provides a visual reminder when a driver arrives at a destination. A Massachusetts entrepreneur named Mike Hubert developed it.

It consists of a bright yellow hanging rope that is fastened to a child's car seat or seat belt receiver when it is not occupied. When a child is stuck in a car, the driver removes the rope and puts it on his or her neck. The word "baby carriage" is printed on the lanyard. Others will be warned if the driver leaves the vehicle without removing the child and changing the rope.

Jessica Strong, community health manager at the Primary Children's Hospital, called Baby Safety Snap an additional support to help prevent the worst.

"We are all human beings. We all have bad days, "Strong said. "Especially the new parents are too tired to sleep."

According to the National Security Council, about 40 children die from hot cars every year in the United States. So far this year, more than 20 people have died in the country. Of these deaths, 87% are children under 3 years of age.

The Primary Children's Hospital began to show off and distribute baby safety buttons at 9:30 a.m. in the 81 N. Mario Capecchi Drive outdoor square south of the Eccles Outpatient Service Building.

People living in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and Montana can apply online for a baby safety snapshot of Intermountain Health Care at PrimaryChildrens.org/safetysnap.

The IHC will also offer free baby safety buttons at the car seat checkpoint in Murray's Intermountain Medical Center southwest parking lot on Tuesday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.