Don’t leave children in vehicles
On a typical summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can be as much as 30 to 40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature, and this can occur in less than 15 minutes.
Never leave any child in a vehicle unattended, no matter how brief the absence will be.
Know what can go wrong
• Heatstroke: The younger the child, the faster the onset of heatstroke and dehydration.
• Accidents: There is a risk of a child touching the controls of a running or parked car. There is a risk of car theft with the child in the car.
• Missing and injured children: There is a risk of a child getting out of the car and wandering away, being led away or being struck by a car in a busy parking lot.
If you see a child left alone in a car, call 911 immediately.
For more information, contact children’s services at the Vance County Department of Social Services at (252) 436-0407.