Every summer, we are reminded of the dangers of leaving children in hot
vehicles. And every summer, we learn of more incidents involving children
dying from heatstrokes inside of cars. On average, 37 children die each
year in such tragic incidents. Over the years, we have addressed this
particular safety issue on our blog many times, with the hope of enlightening
our readers by providing tips to help prevent such dangerous situations.
As temperatures rise this summer, again we offer some tips to help keep
your child(ren) safe around vehicles:
- Don't take chances. Don't leave your child unattended in a car.
- Check you child's location regularly. Frequently, children stuck in
hot cars wandered away while their parent assumed they were somewhere else.
- Talk to your children about the dangers of hot cars. Knowing that it is
dangerous may prevent a child from climbing into a car by themselves.
- Call 911 if you see an unattended child in a car. Because the danger increases
so rapidly, urgent medical attention is necessary.
- Always, always double check you car before locking it.
- Coordinate with other people who may be watching your child. Frequently,
a change in the daily routine is the cause for leaving a child in a car.
While the tips for avoiding car-linked heatstrokes for children may seem
simple, the reality is that this avoidable tragedy happens all too frequently.
Please do your part to minimize the chances of another child becoming
a summer heat-stroke victim.
When childcare providers or daycare workers leave children in their cars
or vans, the results can be heart-breaking and devastating. If such an
action impacted your child, contact Regan, Zambri & Long, LLP to discuss
your legal options.