Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) July 28, 2014
A young couple from a small North Carolina town actively responded to the all-too-often stories in the media today about parents accidentally leaving children in hot cars. Death can occur in a matter of minutes in a hot car. July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day, according to the Office of Emergency Medical Services at NHTSA.
Shaun and Kimberly Johnston created the Precious Cargo app for smartphones. Realizing that it’s all too easy to get distracted, the app simply reminds the driver of the “precious cargo” that's riding in the backseat when the car is turned off. “I’m a full-time working father to a one-year-old daughter,” says Shaun Johnston of Precious Cargo. “It’s easy to get distracted when you have a lot on your mind, a lot on your to-do list, or a change in a typical day’s schedule.” The Johnstons' first and foremost want to make sure that kids’ lives are saved with the Precious Cargo app.
The app is simple – when the car is turned on and Bluetooth is activated, Precious Cargo sends a message asking “Will you be traveling with Precious Cargo?” If the answer is “yes,” then the child’s name is added. If the answer is no, the app is deactivated until the car turns on again. With a “yes” answer, the app again sends the user a message that is a reminder of the “precious cargo” in the backseat when the car turns off. If the car is not equipped with Bluetooth technology, the app can provide GPS location finders and timed reminders to make saving lives as easy as possible.
“We have been really affected by the tragic stories in the media,” says Kimberly Johnston of Precious Cargo. “You think that you’d never be the one to do such a thing, but we see everyone from the average Joe from a small town who gets distracted and forgets to drop his child off at daycare to the CEO of a large national corporation who runs quickly into a grocery store on the way home
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