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Two Florida Dads Have Created The Device That Can Prevent Hot Car Deaths

Hot car deaths are preventable, but despite warnings from authorities and campaigns to raise awareness on it, the phenomenon remains widespread. Florida is one of the states where the number of hot car-related incidents is high.
Sense-A-Life offers the technology to prevent hot car deaths 9 photos
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So two dads from Tampa, Fla., Jim Friedman and Fadi Shamma, came up with the technology that can lower the number, thus effectively preventing hot car deaths or injuries. Sense-A-Life was created a few years ago, but it’s just now commercially available – and it’s not even that expensive, especially considering it could help save your child’s life.

With parents’ hectic schedules and the inevitable dangers of a well-established routine, it’s not uncommon for them to simply forget a child inside the car, strapped in the carseat. Sense-A-Life works to remind them of that, thus preventing a worst-case scenario, when the car could act as an oven in hot weather.

The device contains 2 parts that communicate wirelessly: a pad that goes under the seat of the carseat and a device that picks up a signal from the pad’s sensors. Once the driver leaves the car and the child is still in the carseat, a vocal warning is played on the speaker: “Occupant detected in car seat. Please remove child from the seat.”

The device also sends alerts to the driver’s cell phone, but can also be set to send notifications, including temperature and location of the child.

Sense-A-Life works with a rechargeable battery and is very easy to install. However, the feature that its creators are most proud of is the fact that it works with every carseat on every car out there. That’s why they’re hoping they will soon see the technology automatically build into all new cars, and they’re working with carmakers and organizations like Kids And Cars to achieve that goal.

“We baby proof our homes, our offices, everywhere in our lives. So, why not baby proof our vehicles where we do spend a lot of time,” Fadi Shamma tells ABC Action News Tampa Bay in a recent interview.

The entire Sense-A-Life kit usually retails for about $200, but is now on sale. Its creators say they strove to keep the price down because, as the company’s motto says, “even one life lost is too many.”

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