Safe Kids of Augusta launches summer campaign to prevent hot car deaths

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - With Summer just weeks away and temperatures rising more children are at-risk of heat exhaustion if left unattended in a hot car. Safe Kids of Augusta has launched a campaign called ACT to remind parents to think twice before leaving their children in a hot car. 

The Acronym stands for:

A: Avoid Heatstroke-related injuries by never leaving a child alone in a car, not even for a minute. 

C: Create reminders such as leaving your phone or purse in the backseat as a visual reminder when traveling to remind you that your child is still in the backseat. 

T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. 

Since 2015 there has been an increase in annual hot car deaths according to Noheatstroke.org.  Safe Kids coordinator Renee McCabe says most of those cases weren't intentional.

"Parents need to know that they can't think it won't happen to them. Some heat-related deaths with children are with parents who just forget. They are sleep deprived and they are out of their normal routine so don't think it can't happen to you," McCabe says. 

She says children are particularly at risk since their bodies heat up four times faster than adults. 

For more information on the campaign and tips to create reminders visit: Safe Kids Augusta 

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