SHREVEPORT, La. -
According to Kids and Cars report, 32 children died in the United States after being trapped in hot, parked cars last year. Often accidents that can be crippling to parents and families but also easily prevented. Cpl.. Marcus Hines, a Shreveport P. D. safety officer, says such accidents are easily prevented if parents are careful and attentive.
Hines suggest parents plan reminders so they don't forget their children in the back seat. If you drop your kids off for daycare, have the caregiver call you if the child doesn't show up. He also says to place something you need next to your precious cargo.
"Put something, maybe a briefcase if you're on your way to work. Put that in the back seat with the child, a cell phone perhaps," Hines said. "We never forget our cell phones, so I would suggest maybe leaving your cell phone with the kids or something."
Temperatures can often reach well into the triple digits inside parked cars. It's a death trap for kids. Hines says children often die of hyperthermia when trapped.
"Being continuously exposed to that kind of heat, the vital organs began shutting down," Hines said. "The child will lose consciousness and will begin cardiac arrest at that point."
Don't just walk away if you spot a child locked up in a parked car that isn't idling. Hines says try to find the parent, call police for help and if the child is in clear distress break in to save them as a last resort.
"If you have to break the window, by all means do so," Hines said. "Again, if you see the child is in distress, this child is locked in the car, there's no one around, by all means intervene and rescue that child."