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State offers hangtags to remind parents of babies in hot cars

Jul 25, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – State agencies have announced a partnership to make “Baby in the Back” hangtags available to prevent child deaths in hot cars.

The idea is that you hang the reminder from your rear view mirror so you won’t forget about your child in the back seat.

Officials say a child dies every ten days in the U.S. from heatstroke in a car.

And in more than half of those cases, the caregiver simply forgot the child was in the vehicle.

“The safety and wellbeing of our youngest Tennesseans is important to our office,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “That’s why we created our Baby in the Back hangtag program, to make a difference in our children’s lives by helping prevent these tragic deaths. We appreciate the Department of Health and the Department of Safety and Homeland Security for working with us to help protect some of our most vulnerable Tennesseans.”

The state is providing the hangtags through WIC clinics and Health Departments.

You can also request a free hangtag while you are getting a driver’s license.

Or request one online by clicking here.