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KSP Richmond Post, Requests the Public be Cautious in the Heat

Date of News Release: 06/26/2012

(Richmond, KY) - The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post requests that the public be mindful of the dangers associated with leaving children and pets in a vehicle during the summer months. Vehicles left running are an open invitation to vehicle theft or child abduction.

About half of hot-car-related deaths occur when care givers have a change in their normal routine and forget a baby, who is often, left sleeping quietly in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat of the car. While this is the safest place for children to ride, it can be easy for the operator to overlook them. So, prevention might best be accomplished through reminders, especially passive ones. Place your purse, briefcase, or backpack on the floor of the backseat, where you will see the baby when you go to retrieve it. Program your smart phone; watch alarm or computer to remind you to make sure you drop the child off at day care.

The temperature in a vehicle can climb over 19 degrees in as little as 10 minutes. Placing children and pets left in an unattended vehicle in danger of heat stroke which can lead to death. Children who are at a greater risk to heat stroke can succumb to the effects in the time it takes to collect just a few groceries.

"The dangers associated with leaving a child unattended in a parked vehicle can have life threatening consequences. Leaving a child or pet in a vehicle at any time is not safe. There are laws against it." commented Captain Lisa Rudzinski, Richmond Post Commander, "Prevention is the key. Double and triple check a vehicle before locking the doors. Locking any unattended vehicle can prevent a child from becoming trapped in the trunk while playing."

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