The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is hoping a few friendly reminders may help save some children’s lives. They’re launching a $1 million public safety awareness campaign to prevent children from having heat strokes in vehicles. 52 kids lost their lives after being left or trapped in vehicles last year. That’s the most recorded in the last 20 years. Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in terms of pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths per capita. It only takes 10 minutes for a car to heat up by 20 degrees – enough to kill a child. Always remember these three things:
• NEVER leave a child in a vehicle unattended.
• Make it a habit to look in the back seat EVERY time you exit the car.
• ALWAYS lock the car and put the keys out of reach.