App Aims To Curb Number Of Kids Dying In Hot Cars

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App Aims To Curb Number Of Kids Dying In Hot Cars

CREATED Jun 19, 2014

by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Kids are left in hot cars more than you may think. It doesn't take long before they're in danger. That's why a Brentwood father and IT professional turned to his phone looking for a solution.

News about children dying after being left in hot cars struck father of three, Cody King.

“I could be driving to work, thinking about all the things I could do that day,” he said. “I'm out of my routine. I'm not above this.”

King wanted to develop something that could help parents just like him doing their best to juggle it all. He used his IT background and came up with an app called “Remember The Kids.”

“You never press the start button. You never changed your behavior in any way,” King explained. “You already have your phone in your pocket.”

The app uses the GPS on phones to monitor the car's movement and speed. Three minutes after the driver stops an alert is sent with a unique sound, and asks “Did you remember the kids?”

Heat stroke can happen in temperatures as low as 57 degrees. In this heat, it can take just minutes before the temperatures are at dangerous levels.

“What do I like about being a dad,” King said. “It's like having your heart outside of your chest.”

King hopes the app is just one more line of defense to help prevent the unimaginable.

For more information, go to www.Rememberthekids.com.

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