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Posted on: August 2, 2017

Children and Cars: A Deadly Warm Weather Combination

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It’s so easy to just leave a sleeping child in the car because you will “only be a minute”. But even with the windows “cracked,” the inside of your car will heat up quickly and a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult.


With all of our activities, we always seem to be in a rush. It’s so easy to just leave a sleeping child in the car because you will “only be a minute”. But even with the windows “cracked,” the inside of your car will heat up quickly and a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult.


Watsonville Firefighters respond to an average of five calls per year where children are locked in a vehicle. One firefighter recalls going to a call for a child locked in a vehicle where a father had forgotten that he had his baby in the car when he went to the store. The father was arrested for child endangerment. The firefighter recalls that the days before had been really hot. This day, the temperatures had dropped. If this had happened the day before, the outcome could have been very different. 

You may think that this could never happen to you but it can happen to anyone. IF YOU SEE A CHILD ALONE IN A HOT CAR CALL 9-1-1.


Here are some safety tips to help you keep your children safe:

• NEVER LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN A VEHICLE.

• IF YOU SEE A CHILD ALONE IN A HOT VEHICLE CALL 9-1-1.

• Make sure ALL occupants leave the vehicle when unloading.

• Always lock your car/ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry

devices.

• Teach your children that vehicles are not a play area.

• Keep a stuffed animal in the carseat and when the child is in the seat, place the

animal in the front with the driver; or place your purse or briefcase in the back seat;

place a reminder on your cell phone

• Make “look before you leave” a routine.

• Have a good number where your childcare provider can reach you at if baby didn’t

arrive.

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