Always Look Before You Lock
The Corona Fire Department and Corona Police Department want to remind the community of the importance of never leaving unattended children in a car. Each year emergency crews respond to incidents in which infants need medical attention after being left in vehicles. Sometimes it is too late.
During the sweltering heat of a summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach as high as 140° in as little as two hours. A young child’s body temperature will rise three to five times faster than an adult’s will, resulting in serious injury or death. In the Fall of 2001, the Governor of California signed into law Senate Bill 255, also known as Kaitlyn’s Law. Named for Kaitlyn Russell, a six-month-old who died after being left alone in a parked car for more than two hours, the law makes it illegal for a child to be left unattended in a motor vehicle.
A break in a daily routine can lead to a momentary lapse in memory, that causes caretakers to forget that they have little ones in the back seat. The number one tip to prevent this from happening is for parents and caretakers to accept that it can happen to anyone, and ACT to avoid this situation.
Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, and make sure to keep your car locked when you are not in it so kids do not get in on their own, especially when loading and unloading.
Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you are not following your normal routine.
If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.