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LOOK Before You LOCK…It’s Way Too Hot!

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Did you know Heatstrokes in children can happen in less than 10 minutes? This can be due to their bodies being smaller – heating up faster, weighing less, and being more prone to extreme temperatures.
Surprising to some, Heatstroke fatalities can happen in vehicles parked in shaded areas and in temperatures as low as 60 degrees, even with the windows cracked. Never leave your child in a car, not even for a minute!
Statistically speaking, since 1998, almost 900 children have died due to pediatric vehicular heatstroke. That is an average of over 30 children each year. Last year alone over 20 children died from this horrible action. Don’t let this happen!
Follow these safety tips to help –
* Always check the back seat every time when leaving your vehicle. Place a stuffed animal or toy up front as a reminder, or place your purse or other item in the backseat that you need. * Ask your child’s daycare or school to call if your child does not arrive. * Keep parked vehicles locked at all times to prevent a child climbing in and becoming trapped. * Key keys inside home out of Children’s reach * Teach children that vehicles are not a place to play. * Never leave a child in a vehicle when running errands, not even for a minute. * Bystanders can also play an important role in saving a life – if you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911 and get help immediately.

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