DSS, Press Releases

Posted on: July 23, 2014

Never leave a child in a car

Hot temperatures, children & cars - deadly combination

"Never leave a child in a car.” Summer is here. The temperatures are rising across the Wilson area and DSS reminds everyone that children left in cars are a dangerous combination.

“It is painful to hear of children that are left in cars each year,” said Glenn Osborne, DSS director. “We urge the citizens of Wilson County to think ahead and to never leave a child in an unattended vehicle.”

Child welfare staff are alerting parents as the summer heat continues. “It is preventable,” said Kathy Stone, Child Welfare Section Leader. “We always aim to raise public awareness and hopefully this will prevent any tragedies.”

This year, experts are asking parents to leave a cell phone, purse, shoe or other item in the back seat of the vehicle. This will prompt you to check the back seat before leaving the vehicle.

Parents and caregivers can also follow these tips from safekids.org

Even with a window slightly open, on a typically sunny summer day, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach potentially deadly levels within minutes.  A young child’s core body temperature may increase three to five times as fast as an adult. This could cause permanent injury or even death.
Teach children that cars are not a play area.
Never leave a child alone in a vehicle.
Keep unoccupied vehicles and trunks locked and keep keys out of children’s reach.
Watch children closely around cars, particularly when loading or unloading.

Make sure all children leave the vehicle with you when you reach your destination. Don’t forget sleeping infants.

Did you know? 

On days when ambient temperatures exceed 86°F, the internal temperatures of a vehicle quickly reach 134°F to 154°F

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