After deaths in hot cars, teen creates hang tags to remind parents to check their cars

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Hannah Rhudy Baby In Baby Out

A Chesterfield, Virginia teenager created a simple way to remind parents to check for kids in their cars, after two infants died in Chesterfield last year.

“I wanted to think of a way to help save lives,” said Hannah Rhudy, who founded ‘BabyIn BabyOut.’

‘BabyIn BabyOut’ makes hang tags to go on the rear-view mirror of a car to remind parents of their precious cargo in the backseat – especially during those hot summer months.

The National Safety Council says in 2018, a record-setting 52 children and infants died in hot cars nationwide.

“Hearing that something like this can happen to every type of family, especially even in my hometown, just really bothered me,” said Rhudy.

Rhudy is finishing up 8th grade at Midlothian Middle School. She’s visited with local law enforcement to share her tags and already received meaningful feedback from the community.

“I’ve had a lot of parents come up to me and say they forgot their kid while they were in Target for 10 minutes and even though their story turned out okay, they know it’s not the case for everyone,” Rhudy said.

To help expand its reach and impact, ‘BabyIn BabyOut’ is also working to become a non-profit.

“Once we establish as a non-profit, we’ll start taking donations, so we can keep these hang tags free for our families,” Rhudy explained. 

Just a year in, these tags have made it as far as Ohio, Illinois, California, and Washington. But Rhudy says she’s ready to go nationwide.

“It’s a problem that affects every demographic and every type of family and I wanna make sure my hang tags can get in the hands of every type of family,” she said.

Rhudy’s first order from the printer was about 5,000 hang tags. Of that shipment, the organization only has about 100 left but according to Rhudy, she is getting ready to re-stock.

You can learn more about the program or request a hang tag at the ‘BabyIn BabyOut’ website.

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