After two toddlers wandered were found in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says it serves as a reminder for parents to baby-proof their homes.
Just after midnight Wednesday, deputies were called to the 7-Eleven at 4779 Swift Road in Sarasota after receiving a report of two children, an 18-month-old and 3-year-old, standing by themselves in a parking lot, according to a news release.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says they placed a reverse 911 call to all the residences with half a mile of the 7-Eleven and went door-to-door to find the toddlers’ home. Detectives were able to return the children to their parents within an hour.
As we all know children are curious, intuitive and fast. All it takes are a few minutes and they're out of sight.
Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight
“At this time, there are no charges pending against the parents,” the sheriff’s office stated in the release.
But the sheriff’s office did say the incident serves as an opportunity to remind parents with young children to baby-proof their homes.
"This is a reminder for parents that your home can never be too secure," said Sheriff Tom Knight in the statement. "As we all know children are curious, intuitive and fast. All it takes are a few minutes and they're out of sight."
The following tips were given:
▪ 1. Always keep doors locked and install a home security system that alerts you when doors are opened.
▪ 2. Use door knob covers. These tools make it extremely difficult for young children to open doors.
▪ 3. Consider installing window locks on every window in your home; even those you don't think your children can reach.
▪ 4. Don't leave chairs, stools or climbable furniture near doors or windows.
▪ 5. Remember children are curious and creative. Teach them the dangers of leaving home without permission and remind them of the importance of always being with an adult.