This time of year, I feel it’s important to remind parents and grandparents not to leave kids in cars on hot days.
I know that sounds like advice from Mr. Obvious, but it apparently isn’t so obvious to a lot of people. Last year, according to kidsandcars.org, 43 children died of heatstroke after being left in cars. This year, 12 deaths have already been confirmed and summer hasn’t officially started yet.
Some people think if you park in the shade, it’s safe to leave a child in a car for a little while. They are wrong. The inside of a vehicle heats up very quickly! Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees in minutes. On top of that, a child’s body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s does.
Children, especially babies, often fall asleep in their rear facing child safety seats; becoming quiet, unobtrusive little passengers.
If you're including a child when you run errands this summer, don’t forget who you brought. Put your purse or wallet in the back seat to remind you of your passenger. If you think you’ll just run in, get a few things and be right back, think again. Take your child in with you everywhere you go.
These kind of deaths are 100 percent preventable and the responsibility to protect these little lives is 100 percent yours.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.