Saturday, July 18, 2009

Kids Die In Cars

http://www.kidsandcars.org/incidents/heat/news/heatrelatedstudy.pdf

Kids die in hot cars. They die in trunks, or in abandoned vehicles. They die in cars when they are playing and climb inside when not attended by an adult. Children most often die in cars on hot days when the parent leaves them alone in the car because they forgot them or were only going to leave them for a moment.

Children die in cars when the temperature is as low as 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes two or even three children die in the car together. Sometimes the children die as quickly as fifteen minutes. Fifteen minutes alone in a car and a child is dead. Any parent that leaves a small child alone in a car for any length of time on a hot day should have the incident documented by police.

If you find a small child alone in a car, get them out. Right now. Don't wait. Even fifteen minutes on a hot day can be enough to let them die. Notify Dispatch and ask for paramedics, turn on your overhead lights and siren. That gets peoples attention. I would not wait more than a few minutes for a parent to come or a locksmith to open the door. The child may not even show distress, they may appear to be sleeping. Get the kid out. Car windows are cheap; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

When I was a brand new, wet behind the ears, good guy, I found a baby in a car and yelled at the mom until she cried. Now I know you can't do that...but I still want to. (I slim-jimed the car and had the baby in my arms a half hour later when the mom came out of the store.

Bunkermeister said...

Wow, OC would get the same results, but quicker. But that would be wrong.

If I waited 30 minutes she would get the kid back from Child Services.