Summer months are a wonderful opportunity to spend more time with your kids. However, frequent outings with kids in the warm summer months can lead to the dangerous practice of leaving children unattended in vehicles.
On a warm day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach as high as 140 degrees in as little as two hours, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. In fact, the temperature inside a car can increase by 20-30 degrees even after just a few minutes—posing a tremendous risk of heatstroke or even death for children left unattended in vehicles. Below are some tips from the Orange County Fire Authority to keep your kids safe and prevent any tragedies from occurring.
- Never leave a child in a car no matter what. Make it a habit to look before you leave your vehicle.
- Keep a stuffed animal on the front seat, where you can see it, as a visual reminder that your child is in the vehicle.
- If a child is locked inside a vehicle, get him/her out as quickly as possible. Call 9-1-1 for assistance if necessary. If the child appears hot or sick, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Let’s keep our kids safe!