Saturday, May 17, 2014

Baby Patrol

All good Americans love cars.  Californians love them even more than most other Americans.  We have a car culture that gives rise to songs, car styles, and freeways.  Yet, there is a tragic downside to cars.  Children get locked into cars and die of heat stroke.

Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2013:  43
Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2012:  33
Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2011 : 33
Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2010:  49
Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2009:  33

Most of these kids die because someone forgot the sleeping baby was in the back seat, strapped into the baby seat.  Mom or dad get to work or shopping and don't even think about that child in the back of that car.  The temperature rises from 70 in the air conditioning to over a hundred degrees in a few minutes.

The child dies without regaining consciousness.  Drive thorough parking lots just after everyone gets to work in the morning.  Drive through parking lots of shopping centers when it is daylight.  Look inside vehicles for children.  Remind the property security guards to check cars too.  If you find kids in a car on a hot day, remember it can be difficult to break a car window with a baton.  There are specialized tool for that, but tire iron works well too.  Don't forget to check to see if the doors are unlocked first however, that's what the SGT Says.

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