Sheriff's Column

Don't forget children in hot car

Eric Watson
Posted 8/2/18

In the fast-paced world in which we live, it’s easy to forget things.

There are very few of us who have not forgotten that soda we put in the freezer, the stove is still on, or even locking the front door as we leave.

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Sheriff's Column

Don't forget children in hot car

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In the fast-paced world in which we live, it’s easy to forget things.
There are very few of us who have not forgotten that soda we put in the freezer, that the stove was left on, or even locking the front door as we leave.

Those are small things.

However, there has been a shocking rise in the number of children who are forgotten as they are left in locked cars in the hot sun.

Last year, 37 children died after being left in a hot car and there have already been 28 die already this year.

It is unimaginable an adult could forget their child is in the backseat as they go about their business, whether at the store, or running errands or at work.

The National Transportation Safety Board says most of these incidents happen in a workplace parking area.

A child’s body temperature rises four times faster than that of an adult’s, and the inside of a car parked in the sun can rise as fast as 20 degrees within 10 minutes of being parked.

Our area has already been blanched by hot weather and as we enter August,  and those “dog days of summer” will surely have us wiping our brows and running for water many more times again.

Life will always have us in a hurry for one thing or another, but our children should not be the ones who suffer and even die because of our forgetfulness.

So, for their sake, take the time to ensure your child is where he or she is supposed to be when you go out for a ride.

If it’s just a trip to the store, don’t assume you will be “in and out.”

And, it is just as unsafe to leave a child in a car which is left running.

The safest place for a child to be is where you know they are – and that place is with you.

You would rather be late for work making sure your child is safe, than miss work because you are preparing for your child’s funeral.

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