Reminder to residents not to leave kids in hot cars

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The Public Health Department of  Santa Barbara County is issuing a reminder to residents in an effort to save children from being left in hot cars.

In 2015, a child died in the county due to heatstroke after the child had been left in the vehicle.  And they say, nationally, from 1998-2017, 729 children have died due to heatstroke after being left in a hot vehicle ... 29 of those have happened this year alone.

Some simple reminders include:

• “Look Before You Lock” to make sure there are no children left in the vehicle.

• Write a reminder note about the child and put it on the car door or dashboard to see it when you leave the vehicle.

• Set a reminder on your cell phone to alert you to check that you dropped your child off at daycare.

• Place a purse, briefcase, or cell phone next to the child’s car seat to remind yourself that your child is in the car.

• Keep a familiar object, like a stuffed toy, in your child’s car seat. When you remove it to buckle up your child, place the object in the front seat. It will serve as a reminder to always check the back seat for your child.

• Never let kids play in an unattended vehicle or leave a child alone in a car, even if you leave the windows partly open or the air conditioning on—even for just a few minutes.

The Health Department wants anyone who witnesses a child left alone in a hot vehicle to try and locate parents immediately, but if the child seems to be in distress ... just dial 911 and follow their directions.

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