Tuesday, April 26, 2016

No Child Left in a Car

Warmer and hot weather are well on their way. Please remember to remove all children from a parked vehicle. Note that even mild temperatures can become unsafe very quickly in a parked vehicle. When outside temperatures are 60 degrees, the interior of a closed vehicle can reach 100 degrees.

Visit the site kidsandcars.org to learn more about safety measures that can be taken.  On average, there are approximately 40 children per year that die from being left in a vehicle, which means there are more who are probably left unattended or "forgotten" in a car.

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. This same advice is also applicable to pets.
  • 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.