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Police Warn to Never Leave Children Alone in Cars

Children's core body temperatures can increase up to five times faster than an adult when left in a hot car, police say.

From Newark Police

We all know the sadness and disbelief we feel when we read local headlines about a child dying after being left unattended in a hot car.

In the last twelve years, nationwide over 450 children have died after being left in a hot car (sometimes on relatively mild days with only 70 degree temperatures) most of them ages three and younger.

They died from heat stroke after being trapped in the car. In the summer of 1999 alone, an average of one child every four days died after being trapped in a car parked in the searing heat.

Many parents mistakenly think they can leave a child in a vehicle while running a "quick" errand. Yet, a delay of just a few minutes can lead to tragedy.

Heat is much more dangerous to children than it is to adults. When left in a hot vehicle, a young child’s core body temperature can increase three to five times faster than that of an adult causing permanent injury or death.

Children should never be left alone inside of your car, even for a few minutes. California has a law prohibiting unattended children in a vehicle.

As school's out for summer, kids are everywhere and parents should be too. Even though your children may be older, make sure you're on watch, so that you won't have to take a trip to the emergency room.

Enjoy the summer with your children - SAFELY!

Joseph Tuerff July 12, 2012 at 04:24 PM
On a summer day in 2008 in Phoenix, I saw - yet another - news segment about a child had been accidentally left in a hot car. I decided right then and there I would devote myself to bringing an end to these tragedies. In the 4 years I have examined the issue, the confluence of three factors increase the “modern-day” risk of forgetting a child in a car that all parents and caregivers must guard themselves against. These factors are: 1) the airbag technology requiring small children to be put in back out of the driver’s line of sight; 2) the increased amount of time parents spend driving kids around; and 3) last but not least, the distraction-filled lives we live today! This “modern-day” risk strikes without warning, usually around a change in caregiver routine – but not always. If you don’t think it can happen to you, the data proves you are mistaken. Some of the most responsible and caring people in our society have accidentally left a child in a car and now must live with the horrific consequences of that mistake every moment of every day since. As over half of the child hyperthermia deaths in cars are accidental, most of these tragedies can be eliminated if parents and caregivers will take steps to reduce the risk. Learn more about the issue and see one solution at www.sbtsafety.com .
Thomas October 31, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I don't think you should leave kids as young as 2 or 3 alone anywhere! It is far too dangerous. Whether it's beside the pool, inside a crowded mall, or in the car, I have seen so many accidents that I am becoming paranoid. - http://www.carid.com

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