Health Tip: Teach Children Never to Play in the Car

And lock the car when not in use

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(HealthDay News) -- A car is a dangerous place for children to play in, especially given the risk of becoming entrapped inside the trunk.

The Safekids.org website offers these safety tips:

  • Make sure children understand that car trunks are only for storing cargo, never for hiding or playing.
  • Cars should be fully locked when not in use, and keys kept out of a child's reach.
  • Rear fold-down seats should be kept closed to prevent children from climbing into the trunk.
  • Older children should know how to use the emergency trunk release lever, in cars manufactured Sept. 1, 2001 and later.
  • If your child is missing, first check the trunk of the car.

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