During the hot summer months, the risk of heat-related deaths and injuries due to children being left in cars increases.

 

Experts say that, in ten short minutes, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees or more.

 

In South Florida, it is especially important to recognize the potential risks.

 

Recent headlines about children dying after being accidentally left in car seats have prompted Broward College's Associate Dean of the Institute of Public Safety Ken Shives to offer prevention tips to avoid these tragedies.

 

Shives recommends the following:

 

Never leave your child alone in a car, even if it is to run a quick errand.

 

Keep something that you need and will not get far without, like a purse, wallet, lunch, or even one of your shoes, in the back seat with the child so that you have to check the back seat before walking away from the car.

 

Be especially aware of sleeping infants.  Keep a toy or stuffed animal in the front seat to remind you that your child is with you.

 

Plan ahead with your child's day care or preschool and have the teacher call you if your child does not arrive at the usual time.

 

 

 

 

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