When the outside temperature gets into the triple digits (100 degrees plus), it is clear that a child left in a “hot car” is at risk for serious medical problems and complications. Even temperature lower than the triple digits can lead to serious permanent injuries, it can only take a matter of minutes for the heat in a vehicle to get to a level that can put a child at risk for dehydration, hypothermia, and other complications. We live in a fast paced world filled with distractions and tasks that keep us busy all day long. In the hustle and bustle of the world that we live in, a child can be left behind in a hot vehicle, bus, or van by a parent, family member, family friend, day care center, summer camp, or school. It is clear that 5 minutes of running into a store can turn into 15 minutes if you take a call or see a friend. These minutes can be crucial to saving a life. The better practice is to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
Here are some points to keep in mind:
*44 children died in hot cars in 2013;