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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Just recently, a small child died after being locked in his father's car for hours in Georgia. This brings new awareness to an Arkansas Children's Hospital campaign "Look Before You Lock."

The Injury Prevention Center at ACH has launched a campaign called "100 Deadliest Days of Summer" that covers a different safety topic each week. This week they are focusing on checking your vehicle before you lock it up.

The IPC hopes to encourage parents to check their car before walking away to make sure their child isn't inside to prevent hot car injuries.

Just recently, a small child died after being locked in his father's car for hours in Georgia. This brings new awareness to an Arkansas Children's Hospital campaign "Look Before You Lock."

Important Safety Facts:

  • In 2013, 44 children died of heatstroke from being left in cars. Of those who died, 52% were forgotten, 29% gained entry to the vehicle themselves and became trapped and 18% were intentionally left in the vehicle.
  • A child's body temperature heats up 3 – 5 times faster than adults with heat stroke beginning when body temp is 104 degrees.
  • A car can heat up 20 degrees in 10 minutes and cracked or rolled down windows do not ease the temperature spike.
  • Vehicular heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees.

Guidelines:

  • Never leave a child alone in a vehicle even with the windows rolled down and the air conditioning on.
  • Make it a habit to look in the front and back seats before walking away from the vehicle.
  • Place reminders in the vehicle such as a note on the dashboard or a purse in the back seat.
  • Never let children play unattended in a parked vehicle.
  • Call 911 if you see a child alone in a vehicle.

For more information, contact the Arkansas Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Center at 501-364-3400 or online at archildrens.org.

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