#Lookbeforeyoulock: Protecting kids in hot cars
As temperatures rise in South Mississippi, Highway Patrol reminds the public to look before you lock.
Forgetting a child in a car can be fatal, so be sure to look before you lock. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and everyone forgets things from time to time.
Here are some tips to prevent your child from being left in a hot car:
- Create a visual reminder by placing the child’s diaper bag, jacket, or hat in the front seat
- Teach your kids to honk the horn if they get stuck inside a car
- Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle regardless of the length of time or temperature outside.
Biloxi Public Information Officer Brian Dykes said, “The temperature inside the car goes up between 43 to 50 degrees hotter than it is outside. So, if it’s 90 degrees outside, it’s 140 in the car. For a child that’s untenable. You can’t just survive that type of heat as a small child or infant. You don’t have the ability to regulate your body the way adults do and it ends up being a tragic set of circumstances.”
In Mississippi there are currently no laws regarding leaving children alone in a vehicle.
Check out the Mississippi Highway Patrol Facebook page for more tips to avoid leaving your children in cars.