'Look Again' campaign aimed at keeping kids out of hot cars

Keeping kids out of hot cars

- this year, 16 children have died as a result of heatstroke in a vehicle in the U.S. Temperatures inside of a hot car can climb up to a deadly 125 degrees within minutes. To a kid, a car can be a giant toy but in the heat of summer, it can be a death trap.

Georgia is hoping to prevent accidents like these from happening, with their "Look Again" campaign.

Summers in Georgia are hot and dangerous, and even more so for children. "Pediatric patients, their body temperature can rise 3 to 5 times faster than normal adults," explains Dr. Scott Batchelor, with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Since 2010, 11 children in Georgia have died because of heatstroke after being in a vehicle. "The majority of these kids, like 87 percent are less than 3 years of age and 55 percent are less than one," adds Dr. Batchelor.

Earlier this summer, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning launched "Look Again," a campaign to try and prevent these deadly accidents. They're spreading the message through their 5,000 certified childcare providers.

"We also want to any parent or grandparent, any babysitter or nanny to take our message to heart and to always look again," says the Commissioner of DECAL, Amy Jacobs.

Many times tragedy can strike when your typical routine is thrown off, but there are ways to help keep your kids safe. "If you have a child that you're transporting somewhere, put something in the back seat with the child...for example, your cell phone, your purse or your wallet...something that's going to trigger you to go back there and pick it up," adds Dr. Batchelor.

Also, no matter how quick that errand may see, Jacobs urges you to never leave your child alone in the car.

"As a working mom, sometimes you just want to run into the grocery store and get a gallon of milk, but don't leave your child car because their body temperature increases 3 to 5 times more quickly than an adults," Jacobs reiterates.

Make sure to always lock your vehicle, even if it's in your driveway or garage. "When you get to your final destination, make sure your car is locked, even if it's in your garage, because what you don't want to happen is for a child to go back out to get maybe a toy, and that heat just take over them and create sometimes a fatal problem," Jacobs adds.

Dr. Batchelor says things to keep at eye out for when it comes to heatstroke are: elevated temperature, irritability, altered mental state, difficult to arouse, sweating profusely or even more dangerous is when the child is not sweating, even when they feel warm. If you see those symptoms, he says, get help immediately.


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