Thomasville Police Department Issues Warning About Hot Cars

| July 23, 2014

CarsTHOMASVILLE, GA –  As the summer heat takes full effect, becoming overheated and suffering heat-related health issues has become a real threat to those spending time outdoors. The summer heat is especially dangerous to children, as they tend to heat up much more quickly than adults. The heat’s affects on children can increase exponentially when they are left in a hot car. With that in mind, TPD would like to caution parents and caregivers to be mindful of young children during the hot summer season.

Since 2000, over 500 children have died from heat stroke because they were left in cars on warm days. According to the National Weather Service, a car can reach unsafe temperatures in just over two minutes.

“It doesn’t take long for the car to become unsafe,” said Chief of Police Troy Rich. “That quick trip into the grocery store is more than enough time for a vehicle to get dangerously hot. Cracking the windows will not provide adequate ventilation and should not be relied on to keep the temperature down. ”

A San Francisco State University study shows that during this year alone, there have already been 13 confirmed deaths from children being in hot cars.

“Parents are busy and it’s not hard to become distracted by the host of tasks that may need to be completed as they load and unload their family into their vehicle,” Rich said. “Our goal is to educate parents and caretakers and provide ways to help ensure that children are never left in a hot car.”

“It’s not a sign of bad parenting, as this tragedy can happen to anyone,” he added

TPD advises citizens to call for help then get them out if you see a child alone in a hot car.

“If you see an unattended child in a hot car, immediately call 9-1-1, then use any means available to get the child out,” Rich said. “If the door is locked, breaking a window will provide the quickest access in most cases; however, be aware of which window you break as the broken glass may fall on the child if you choose to break the window closest to them.”

Children who play in cars are also in danger of becoming victims of heatstroke.

“Lock your car doors and keep the keys out of reach. Kids who play in a car may become locked in and succumb to the heat,” Rich said.

The elderly, disabled and pets are also at risk of being left in hot cars.

For more information, visit the Never Left in a Hot Car Facebook page.

Source: City of Thomasville Press Release

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  1. D. Miballzich says:

    The fact that people have to be told “Car gets hot in summer” is sad.