"Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock" | Families
Today the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched its national campaign to get the message out about harmful and potentially fatal effects of leaving children in hot vehicles.The campaign is called “Where's baby? Look Before You Lock” The message asks all parents, grandparents, and other care-givers to be mindful when leaving your vehicle.Automobiles heat up quickly – even with a window rolled down two inches, if the outside temperature is in the low 80s, according to a NHTS statement, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes. Young children, those under 4 years old, are particularly at risk because their bodies overheat more easily.
As NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said, "While parents are the first line of defense when it comes to preventing heatstroke in hot cars, everyone in the community has a role to play in keeping kids safe."Some tips that the campaign offers are; • Never leave infants or young children unattended in a vehicle—even if you leave the windows partly open or the air conditioning on. • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle - front and back - before locking the door and walking away. • Do things to remind yourself that a child is in the vehicle, such as: • Writing yourself a note and putting it where you will see it when you leave the vehicle; • Placing your purse, briefcase or something else you need in the back seat so that you will have to check the back when you leave the vehicle; • Keeping an object in the car seat, such as a stuffed toy. When the child is buckled in, place the object where you'll notice it when leaving the vehicle. If you see a child alone in a vehicle, states the NHTSA, call the police. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly. Call 911 or your localemergency number immediately.