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Look Before You Lock

Look Before You Lock

As summer temperatures rise, it is more important than ever to look before you lock.

Vehicles can quickly become deadly, even when parked in shady areas or when a window is cracked. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, the temperature inside an average car or truck can increase 19 degrees in just 10 minutes.

A child's body can heat up three to five times faster than an adult's, causing heatstroke, brain damage and even death. It can happen to anyone, anywhere. That's why it's so important to never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute.

Here are some simple ways to keep kids safe:

Set reminders. To prevent accidentally leaving a child in a safety seat, always look in the back seat every time you exit the car. If you are sometimes forgetful, try placing something beside the child that is needed at your final destination, such as a purse, briefcase, cellphone or other important belonging. You may also tape a note to the dashboard or consider setting an alarm on your smartphone as a reminder. In addition, have your spouse or childcare center call you if the child does not show up on time.

Lock your vehicle. Everyone, not just parents, should keep their vehicles locked. This will prevent a child from entering when no one else is around and accidentally locking himself or herself inside. Do not let children play in or around a vehicle. If a child is missing, quickly check all vehicles, including the trunks.

Take action. People who see an unattended child in a car and are concerned about the child's health should immediately call 911.