Summer Safety: Never leave a child alone in a vehicle

More than 36 children die in overheated cars every year in the United States, more than 600 deaths since 1998.

More than half of those who left children alone in vehicles did so unknowingly. Other reasons cited: the child got into the vehicle on his or her own (32 percent), child was knowingly left in vehicle (12 percent) and circumstance unknown (2 percent).

Any parent or caregiver, even a very loving and attentive one, can forget a child is in the back seat. Being especially busy or distracted or having a change from the usual routine increases the risk.

Keep your car locked when it is parked to prevent a curious child from entering when no one is around. Many hot car deaths have occurred when a child mistakenly locks himself inside.

Pets – Leave your pet at home on warm days if, bring plenty of fresh drinking water and bowl if they have to travel with you.

Protecting children is everyone’s business!

Per our Ansbach Directorate of Emergency Services, if you see an unattended child in a vehicle immediately notify 110/112! Need more information? Call your installation Safety Office, 468-1670.

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