I chose to call this section of my blog ‘Things I like’ and believe me, what I am about to tell you is something I really, really like.
But we have to start from a tragic truth, and from the beginning of it.
Everyone of us has a busy, stressful life, especially when we have kids. We have tons of things to remember every day about work, house, family. Sometimes is just too much, we end up forgetting things. Little things, leading to little problems. I once put my wallet on the car roof while putting some shopping in, and just drove back home. Lucky he who found the flying wallet. Another time I left home my home keys. I often forget appointments. Sometimes I have to put an alarm to pick up my daughter from school or I’ll be seriously late, cause at 3.20 I am completely absorbed in working matters and my mind is just somewhere else. I don’t mean to do it, it just happens.
But then there are far more serious stress-connected issues.
Every year, many children die because their parents forget them in a car. A car that becomes hot during the day, while they’re sure they have left their precious kids at the nursery, or at school. They’re not bad parents and don’t even try to leave a bad comment about this. They’re person. Person who make mistakes. Just like us. It really could happen to anyone, and thinking ‘no, it could never happen to me because I love and care about my children’ is just a way to comfort ourselves because the truth is too horrible to be even considered.
I read the famous article called Fatal Distraction about judging these parents as guilty and it really chilled my blood, it left me shaking. I can’t imagine the terror, the despair of these parents – or well, I actually CAN, that’s why I don’t want to think about it.
I also found this dreadful stats:
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2014: 12
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2013: 44
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 1998-present: 617
Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998: 38
But US is not the only Country where this happens. I am from Italy, and we had some tragic incidents like these too. A few years ago I started a discussion about it on my Facebook page, asking why – with so much tecnhology around us – there were still no accessories or optionals for a kid car seat in order to avoid these kind of accidents. The discussion got so popular that an infant car seats brand, Peg Perego, invited me to discuss about the problem.
At that time, nothing was sorted but then I got an email.
That’s how I met Remmy.
Two Italian dads, Carlo Donati and Michele Servalli, who – just as me – were so moved and terrified by these tragedies, had invented a car baby alert to remind you if your child is still strapped in the car seat when you turn the car engine off.
So simple, so brilliant.
Remmy works with ALL infant/kids car seats and on EVERY car. It is simple to install and it is not expensive at all.
Maybe you can think that the cases per year are ‘not so many’, but if Remmy will save even one kid I think it will have accomplished its job. A big job.