Look Before You Lock Campaign Kicks Off

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Kids in cars

A $100,000 grant will be awarded to the the Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center from the Department of Transportation.

The money is for a campaign to bring awareness to the growing problem of leaving children in hot cars. There have been six reported incidents of adults leaving kids alone in hot cars in Connecticut in July. On July 7, a 15 month old boy died in Ridgefield, his family leading the charge on change.

Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. Be sure to follow these rules from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to prevent heatstroke.

  • Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car
      • It’s never OK to leave a child alone in a car, even for a few minutes, and even if the car is on.
      • Opening windows will not prevent heatstroke.
      • Heatstroke happens even on cloudy days and in outside temperatures below 70 degrees.
      • Don’t let kids play in an unattended vehicle.
  • Look Before You Lock
      • Always check the back seats of your vehicle before your lock it and walk away.
      • Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat.
      • If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check that your child arrived safely.
  • Take Action if You See a Child Alone in a Car
    • Don’t wait more than a few minutes for the driver to return.
    • Don’t worry about getting involved in someone else’s business—protecting children is everyone’s business.
    • “Good Samaritan” laws offer legal protection for those who offer assistance in an emergency.
    • If the Child Is Not Responsive or Is in Distress, Immediately:
      • Call 911.
      • Get the child out of the car.
      • Spray the child with cool water (not in an ice bath).
    • If the Child Is Responsive:
      • Stay with the child until help arrives.
      • Have someone else search for the driver or ask the facility to page them.

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4 comments

  • Smoke Fire

    Really? Throwing more money at a problem. With these deaths, I guess it's time for Malloy to outlaw cars, I mean we can't outlaw stupid, and that is exactly what these parents/guardians are. STUPID. Maybe we could mandate prospective parents to undergo extensive training to see if they are "intelligent" enough to have children. Maybe license parents, and if they don't pass the tests, forbid them to have children.
    Yeah, this sounds a bit extreme, but so is being this stupid. Government having to make sure you don't forget your kid in the car. Guess this latest crop of "parents", are dumber than the last crop.

  • REVMAN

    If you FORGET or just leave your kid in a car a 5 year mandatory sentence for being so stupid and if the child dies bring back the death penalty.