Leaving a Small Child in a Locked Car

I have to wonder how any parent can leave a small child, toddler or their baby in a car for any period of time. It’s even worse when they just go shopping or stop in a restaurant and eat. Take a moment and read these articles. This is some scary stuff.
Unfortunately, this happens a lot more than we’d like to think. Click to read an analysis by Jan Null, a certified consulting meteorologist at San Francisco State University who studies the phenomenon.
If you walk past a vehicle with a small child, toddler or baby locked inside call 9-1-1. Don’t wait for a parent to pop up, don’t go looking for the parent. Just call 9-1-1.
It also helps to know the signs of heat stroke in a child. In case you thought I was exaggerating read this point I found on the Safe Kids WorldWide site; “Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle.”
Here is some great advice, also from Safe Kids WorldWide; 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.
Again, if you see a child in a locked car suffering from these symptoms act immediately by calling 9-1-1.