Wednesday, July 29, 2015

No Child Left Inside

Summer is in full swing, it is time for an EXTREMELY IMPORTANT HEAT REMINDER. Never leave your child alone in the car (or your pets). Not even for one minute to run into the store or pump your gas. We see it and hear it in the news and all of these incidents can be preventable.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide® - since 1998, at least 606 children, roughly one child every 10 days on average, have died from heatstroke when left unattended in a vehicle or after gaining access to an unattended vehicle. Nearly 90% of these children were age three and under.  Safe Kids Worldwide offers that the number of deaths from heatstroke can be reduced by remembering to “ACT.”
  • A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
  • C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
  • T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.