Summer may still be weeks away, but as the temperatures begin to climb, it’s important for people to know that cars are like ovens in hot temperatures, creating a potentially deadly environment for children and pets.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Department hopes to help stem a string of hot car injuries and deaths this summer.
Sheriff deputies say they hope to encourage and educate parents of small children, to pay attention this summer. They have heard the tragic stories of infants being left in hot cars and that’s why they are taking steps to keep it from happening to others.
According to the safety organization Kids and Cars, an average of 37 children die each year in hot cars. That is according to the child safety group Kids and Cars.org.
Be sure to keep your vehicle locked with the keys out of reach of your children.
While more than half of the heat stroke deaths in vehicles were the result of children being forgotten there by caregivers,
Nearly one-third occurred when children climbed into cars and accidentally locked themselves in.
Louisiana ranks 13th in the nation for child hot car deaths.