SEGMENT: Prevent leaving your kids in the car this summer

SEGMENT: Prevent leaving your kids in the car this summer

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – We've seen it all over the news - children dying after being left in a hot car, but kids can suffer from heatstroke even if the parent is in the car with the child.

Pam Fair with Safe Kids Columbus stopped by the morning show on Wednesday to talk about safety tips all parents should know.

Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. On average, every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle.

Remember to ACT to reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT:

  • A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you're not in it so kids don't get in on their own.
  • C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you're not following your normal routine.
  • T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

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