Sunday cartoon: Kids in hot cars prevention


BURRILLVILLE – With the forecasts calling for extreme temperatures over the next week, it’s very important to remind kids and families about the importance of vehicle safety.

Never, ever, leave a child alone in a hot car. The extreme heat is dangerous for any child and could cause irreversible injuries and even death. This would also apply to pets and the elderly on a hot day.

Children should also stay at least three feet away from any vehicle they could come in contact with on hot days. Vehicles sitting for long periods of time in the sun become very hot. If a child happens to get too close to a hot vehicle, they could potentially be burned or scorched on their skin, which is painful.

Vehicle keys should always be out of reach of children. Kids watch and observe what adults do and they could easily copy the steps and movements of an adult if they were to be in possession of keys. The safest thing to always remember in an effort to prevent a child from becoming trapped inside a vehicle on a very hot day, is to always lock car and truck doors. Keep keys away from kids.

It’s going to be hot this week, so take every precaution to prevent a child from being left alone in a hot car, keep them at least three feet away from hot cars and hide vehicle keys to prevent them from becoming trapped inside a hot car.

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