Every summer, distressing stories of children and pets left out in hot cars emerge, and we can’t help but wonder how to prevent them. In Southeast Louisiana, where temperatures can reach up to 110 degrees, this is of especial concern and we believe we can do a better job at teaching people what situations to avoid. According to Kids and Cars, more than 600 children have died this way in the U.S. since 1990. Here are some summer car tips to help reduce this number to zero.
1. No exceptions. No matter how fast you’re coming back to your car, you should never leave your child or pet in your car unattended. Not only is it dangerous because of heat stroke, but think also about your kids safety.
2. Leave an item you always carry with you in the back seat, next to your child’s seat preferably. This way you’ll remember your child is still in the car before you walk away. Items can include cell phone, shoes, ID, handbag etc.
3. Make sure all children and pets have left the vehicle before you lock it. Temperatures inside a car can increase rapidly during the first half hour after it’s locked, and as much as 30 degrees hotter over a few hours. Heatstroke is a serious form of injury and should not be taken lightly.
4. Know what to keep in your car at all times. Cold water, ice pack, a first aid kit and even snacks like graham crackers and granola can make a difference. The fact is you never know when emergencies are going to happen and is better to be prepared.
5. If you see a child or pet left behind in a car, take action. Notify the authorities immediately by calling 911 and get them out of harms way if they look sick or are asking for help.
6. A good way to avoid dealing with heatstroke is to use drive through services, which are available for banks, restaurants, pharmacies and even some convenience stores.
While these steps will help you avoid situations where your child or pet could be left behind, is better to plan ahead and/or bring your kids with you to the store. The most important part is that you understand what occurs when a helpless child or pet is left at such hot temperatures. According to WebMD, heat stroke can occur when your body temperature reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Heatstroke symptoms to look out for include disorientation, agitation, confusion, dizziness and seizure.
At Lamarque Ford, we’re committed to help the local community and help increase heatstroke awareness. We hope you find these tips informative and talk to friends and family about the seriousness of this matter.
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