Car Seat Safety

Car seatAfter many successful years in the real estate business, proud father of three daughters Erin J. O’Connor created ‘The BackSeat’ app to help prevent hot car deaths. Raising kids in Arizona, O’Connor is aware of how fast a car can heat up if left outside during an Arizona summer. On average, nationwide 37 kids die every year from car-related heat stroke. Arizona is one of the most common areas and climates for this unfortunate tragedy. Twelve children were lost in July 2017 nationwide, two of those children were lost on July 28th and 29th in Phoenix. There have been more than 1,400 deaths since 1989.

‘The Backseat’ app can be downloaded for free the app store and only takes about 15 minutes to set up. The app senses when a person is in a vehicle going more than 20 mph. The app then sends out an audible alert, letting you know it is working. If you don’t tap a couple icons, it will assume a child is in the car. Once the vehicle stops, it will alert the person within three minutes with an audible text alert. Within six minutes the app will send a stream of text messages and emails to your phone until you turn it off. If the user still has not shut the app off, it will assume a child may have been left in a vehicle and will alert a designated ‘Alert Team’. Every user can assign three people be in their ‘Alert Team’ to receive text and email alerts in an emergency.

My kids are older now, but I definitely would have taken advantage of this app when my kids were young in car seats. Please share this app with everyone you know with young children. The app can’t promise to save a child’s life, but it’s another barrier to help keep them safe.

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