Raleigh resident Terry Williams recently locked himself in a sweltering, dangerously hot car to send other parents a very important message, according to a July 11 The Huffington Post article. Williams did not cut any corners, but instead engineered full experience. The Raleigh father of two rolled up all car windows, turned off the air conditioning, and waited, hoping to grab parents’ attention about the dangers of cars and hot summer temperatures. He also captured the stunt on video.
Although parents had mixed reactions to Williams’s video, one thing is certain. The issue at hand is a very serious one, and something needs to be done about it. “According to public safety awareness website Kids and Cars, an average of 38 children die in the U.S. each year from heat-related deaths after being left inside motor vehicles,”The Huffington Post writes. “So far this year, 16 children have been reported dead after being trapped in hot cars.” What are some ways you can make certain these tragedies never happen to you?
First Know The Answer To The Question: “When Is It Okay To Leave My Child Alone In The Car?”
The answer to that question is pretty straightforward: it is never okay to leave your child alone in a hot car. Ever. Some parents miscalculate how long a short errand will take. Don’t take that risk. Avoid leaving young kids in the car alone — period. If you hire a babysitter, make sure that he or she will stay with the children in one locale, or communicate with them if transporting your children is part of their duties. This will help ensure that someoneelse does not make an irresponsible decision with your child.
In Case Of Emergency, Have A Backup Plan
Even if we are as careful as possible, things happen. Have the appropriate numbers on speed dial; make sure you have immediate access to phone numbers for 24 hour locksmiths or emergency locksmiths, if you should lock your keys in the car with your child inside. Call the necessary authorities as well, and never leave your child unattended. Locksmiths train under master locksmiths and learn to pick even the most complicated locks, including deadbolts, so they will be able to help you get back into your vehicle.
Don’t risk your child’s safety, during the summer — or the occasional fall — heat. Always bring your child into the store with you, even for short errands, and have number for emergency locksmiths on hand.