PALSavesKids - Free Emergency Car Door Locking Program

Free Community Service from Pop-A-Lock North Texas

It can happen to any parent. A child is accidentally locked in a vehicle and dies. This tragedy typically occurs when a parent or caregiver makes a change in their routine. The parent that normally drives the child to their activities has a schedule change, causing the other parent to take over the chauffer responsibility. When a parent is not accustomed to handling this responsibility, a lapse in memory can easily occur. Depending on the intensity of the Texas sun, a child locked in a vehicle may experience hypothermia or heat stroke.

Pop-A-Lock, founded in 1991 by law enforcement officers, developed a program that rescues children in locked vehicles. Since the program began, thousands of children have been rescued from across the U.S. at no charge to families or caregivers. This free community program focuses on prevention and education—not blame.

Pop-A-Lock Mascot hugging child

Tips to help prevent you from accidentally locking your children in a vehicle.

  • Keep your child’s favorite toy, blanket, or diaper bag in the front seat.
  • Place your purse or briefcase in the backseat causing you to go to the back to retrieve them.
  • Stay off the phone!  Keep your focus on driving to the caregiver.
  • If you don’t arrive to the caregiver by a certain time, have them call you to find out where you are.
  • If someone other than yourself is bringing the child to your caregiver, call them at a designated time to ensure delivery.
  • If you see a child locked in a vehicle unattended, get involved.  Call 9-1-1 immediately!

We can all work together to share this valuable information. For more details on how to keep your little ones safe, go to kidsandcars.org.