This post was sponsored by Auto Alliances as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Look Before You Lock: Never Leave A Child In A Car
Children die accidentally every year in the US from being left alone in a hot car. Living in Mississippi, I understand this all too well–I hear about it on the local news. While it’s hot here pretty much year round, temperatures in the summer are sweltering. It’s normal for the temperature to be 95 degrees or more every day in the summer.
Parents and caregivers need to take precautions to make sure children are never left in the car alone–not even for a minute! Remind yourself to ACT and Look Before You Lock every time you come in contact with your car.
Heatstroke Deaths In Children
When the temperature is only 70 degrees, the inside of a parked car can heat up to 120 degrees within 15 minutes, even with the windows open. This can be lethal for children because a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s. As a result, children die every year from accidentally being left unattended in hot cars.
The good news about heatstroke deaths is that they can be avoided if parents and caregivers are vigilant. Here are two behaviors you can implement for heatstroke prevention, courtesy of Auto Alliance.
How To ACT
To raise awareness about the dangers of heatstroke in cars, Auto Alliance has launched a campaign in support of the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration’s “Look Before You Lock: Never Leave A Child Alone in a Car” outreach letter. The campaign encourages you to ACT to prevent heatstroke.
Avoid heat-stroke related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car. Take this one step further by keeping your car locked when you’re not in it so your kids don’t get in it on their own.
C: Create Reminders
Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child that is needed at your final destination. Purses, cell phones, and briefcases are great options. This is especially important if you are not following your normal routine.
T: Take Action
If you see a child alone in a car, immediately call 911. Emergency personnel are trained to respond these situations and urge you to call. Your call could save their life!
Look Before You Lock
Look Before You Lock is just that–looking to see where your child is before you lock your car. Get into a routine of asking yourself “where’s baby” before locking your car, every time.
Check out Auto Alliance’s Look Before You Lock video:
Never Leave A Child Unattended In A Car
Prevent heatstroke death by ACTing every time you come in contact with your car and asking yourself “where’s baby?” before you lock your car. Make a habit of doing these things so your child is never left in your car–not even for a minute.
While this post is about children, pet owners should take the same precautions. ACT to makes sure your pets are not left in a car unattended either!
To learn more about heatstroke prevention, visit the Auto Alliance website.
Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.