Look Before You Lock

July 23, 2020
Family Support
Health and Mental Care
Baby in car seat.

Always Look Before You Lock your vehicle. Heatstroke in vehicles is the leading cause of all non-crash-related fatalities involving children 14 and younger. Especially vulnerable, are children four and under because their bodies overheat more quickly. Florida ranks 4th in the U.S. in the number of hyperthermia deaths of children in vehicles. Not surprising: even with a window rolled down a few inches, if the outside temperature is in the low 80s, as is often the case in Florida, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in as little as 10 minutes. 

On average, 38 children have died in hot cars each year since 1998 from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles. Even the best of parents or child care provider can overlook a sleeping child in a car, and the end result can be injury or even death. You can prevent a tragedy with this one small reminder, Look Before You Lock.

 

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