7/27/2015 - Look Before You Lock
LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK!
The Canton Police Department would like to remind you to “Look Before You Lock!”. During the summer months, please check your vehicle (and other vehicles around you) for unattended children and pets.
On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby or pet in a car, and the end result can be injury or even death.
In 10 minutes a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees.
Even at an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees.
A child dies when his/her body temperature reaches 107 degrees.
Opening windows or parking in the shad won’t prevent your child or pet from getting overheated. Pets are especially susceptible to heat illness as they can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paws.
A few simple safety tips can save a life:
• NEVER leave children or pets alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
• Put something you will need (cell phone, handbag, etc.) on the floor in the backseat.
• Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway.
• Make sure all passengers and pets have exited the vehicle after it is parked.
• Make arrangements with your child’s day care or babysitter to call if your child does not arrive as scheduled.
• If you suspect a person or pet is suffering from a heat related problem, lower their body temperature and call 911 for medical assistance (for a person). Transport a pet to a local veterinarian for immediate care.
• IF YOU SEE A CHILD OR PET LOCKED IN A VEHICLE, PLEASE DIAL 911.