Kids and Cars Summer Safety

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Summer is fast approaching, so the temperatures are quickly rising. Every parent loves their child, and wants to protect them in every way possible, and that's why Palm Coast Ford wants to help make you aware of the dangers of leaving you child in a vehicle during the warm weather months. Safety organizations across the country have posted several facts and prevention tips about how child vehicular heatstroke can be prevented, and have also asked the public and media outlets to join in to support this national effort. You can find facts, information, prevention methods, photos and even social media posts to share at

"The worst thing any parent or caregiver can do is think that they could never unknowingly leave a child behind in a vehicle," says Janette Fennell, founder and president of, the only national nonprofit child safety organization working solely to prevent injuries and deaths of children in and around vehicles. "This can and does happen to the most loving, responsible and attentive parents," she added.

Since began tracking data, at least 748 children have died from heatstroke inside vehicles - an average of 37 children die every year from vehicular heatstroke (one every 10 days). Palm Coast Ford wants you to be prepared to take action to save a child's life. If you see a child alone in a car, get involved - protecting children is everyone's business.

  • Call 911
  • Get the child out of the car by any means possible that won't cause further harm to the child or yourself.
  • Dampen the child with cool water (not in an ice bath) and get them to a cooler environment.

Safety tips from

Remember these "Look Before You Lock" safety tips:

  • Make it a routine to open the back door of your car every time you park to check that no one has been left behind.
  • Put something in the back seat to remind you to open the back door every time you park - cell phone, employee badge, handbag, etc.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in your baby's car seat. Place it on the front seat as a reminder when your baby is in the back seat.
  • Arrange for your babysitter or childcare provider to call you if your child hasn't arrived as scheduled.

Make sure children cannot get into a parked car:

  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in the garage or driveway.
  • Keys and remote openers should never be left within reach of children.
  • If a child is missing, immediately check the inside and trunk of all vehicles in the area very carefully.

The warm weather and sunshine is supposed be a fun time for all families, so let's work together to keep our children safe!