The world is already a pretty dangerous place for a child. And in the summer time, with outdoor temps rising in the 90s and beyond, depending on where you live, there’s a specific danger that’s facing far too many kids: the risk of death from being stuck in a hot car for too long. Jut yesterday in Arkansas, a 3-year-old girl was pronounced dead after being trapped in a hot car with her sister, who is in critical condition. But we’re not here to hammer home the risks of leaving kids unsupervised; what we’re really here to tell you is that for every danger out there (and in here), there are also inventors and entrepreneurs — some of them parents — who are figuring out ways to keep kids safe. We’re lucky to be living in an age that decided outlet covers and car seats aren’t enough for our little ones.
The other great advantage of having all these new safety gadgets and apps at our fingertips is that their very existence may alert us to risks we didn’t even know to worry about. And now instead of worrying, we can have peace of mind (or something near it, anyway). There are baby breathing monitors that will help us sleep at night, as well as car seat alarms to remind us there’s a kid in the backseat. Though those kids get a little more self-sufficient as they grow, you’re still going to be there to make sure they don’t drown in the pool or find themselves at a sketchy party with no way home. There are even apps to protect them online and as they start to drive on their own.
These products don’t take the place of being a good, attentive parent. But every good parent knows not to turn down a little help when it’s there.
A version of this story was originally published in May 2020.
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