With temperatures peaking in most areas of the country, there's one thing we must all be weary of and it's not unsightly tan lines. It's common sense that the blistering heat of a Summer's day can turn a car into an unforgiving death trap. Yet loved ones are still left behind...
Recently, a woman from Pennsylvania accidently left her chocolate Labrador Max in the car while she shopped. It was 90 degrees that day. Taking matters into his own paws, Max honked the horn of the car until he was rescued.
Luckily for Max he recovered. But dogs aren't the only ones being left in the unbearable conditions of a confined car. According to statistics from the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University (my alma mater), 23 children have died of hyperthermia, or heat stroke, just this year due to being left in a car. And this tragic death toll has claimed a staggering 468 children since 1998. What's worse is that these deaths are completely preventable... usually just a slip of the mind and a child (or pet) is forgotten. As the summer blazes on, parents and caregivers must be EXTRA cautious about unloading their car. Here are some safety recommendations courtesy of Jan Null, Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at SF State:
- Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle
- If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle call 911
- Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading.
- Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. If a child is missing always check the car first
- Place your purse or briefcase n the back seat as a reminder thatyou have your child in the car
- Make "Look before you leave" a routine whenever you get out of the car
Source: Associated Press and San Francisco State University