Kids left alone in hot cars can mean tragedy, first responders say

Posted July 15, 2013 10:29 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

As the summer heat comes in full blast, local first responders are reminding you not to leave your kids alone in hot cars.

Paramedic Robert White of Safe Kids York County said there have been more than 20 child deaths nationwide this year from heat stroke because the children were left alone in hot cars.

And many times, the deaths of young children come when caregivers’ routines are mixed up — like a different parent taking a child to daycare.

White said there are simple tricks and tools that can be used to remind yourself there’s a child in the back set. Like interacting with them.

“As these tragedies continue to occur, Safe Kids York County is intensifying our efforts to get the message out that the inside of a vehicle is an extremely dangerous place for a child alone in hot weather,” White said. “Even on a mild day, the inside of a car can quickly become very hot. This is a place no child should be alone, and because children’s bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults’, they are much more susceptible to heat stroke.”

And there’s an acronym — ACT — that parents cam use to help cub the number of child car seat deaths.

  • 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.
  • 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.