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New smartphone app to prevent growing number of hot car deaths

Published: August 1, 2014 | United States

Thursday was the National Heatstroke Prevention Day, which raises awareness about the estimated 40 child deaths each year in hot cars. Now, there’s new technology for smartphones that may help prevent that from happening. To alert parents, a non-profit organisation called Kars4Kids in Lakewood, New Jersey, has created a free smartphone app.

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The “Kars4Kids Safety” app is designed to help avert any tragedy with a simple reminder. Once you are in the car with the baby, the app connects to the Bluetooth device inbuilt in your vehicle. When you leave the car and it disconnects, the app sounds an alarm on your phone.

One has to keep in mind that Bluetooth radio technology works within a set distance. If you are not far enough away from your car, Bluetooth will not disconnect, meaning the alarm will not sound. You also choose the alarm sound feature – it can be something you record – and include your baby’s name and photo.

“Kars4Kids Safety app is designed as an emergency backup for careful parental and adult monitoring, not as a substitute for such monitoring,” the app describes on its website. Always perform a visual check for your children and do not rely on ‘Kars4Kids Safety’ as your sole safety check, it added.

The app is available on Google Play app store.

Source: Hindustan Times

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