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Triggering Police Video Reminds Parents Why Kids Can’t Be In Hot Cars

In Texas, a crying child was pulled from a hot car and has survived.

Warning: this article deals with the risk of heatstroke and infant death, and could be triggering for some parents. Tragically, heatstroke still claims too many infant lives, an average of 39 deaths per year, according to KidsandCars.org. And now a hard to watch video from August 17 shows a police officer in Duncanville, Texas pulling a one-year-old from a sweltering locked car. The video has brought increased attention to the dangers of heatstroke in children and is a stark reminder of why it’s so important to not leave a young kid unattended in a hot vehicle. Thankfully, the kid is OK, although the child had vomited and was sweating and crying when pulled from the car. 

In a Facebook post, the Duncanville Police Department wrote, “All indications seem to point to this being a mistake caused by false assumptions and faulty communication about the infant’s well-being.” The key issue is that mistakes can happen. Parents tend to have so much on their plates that a momentary lapse in memory or judgment is often what leads to a situation like in Duncanville, with parents forgetting that they left a child in the car. But there are a few really crucial things to remember: children’s bodies heat up faster than adults (3 to 5 times faster), the temperature in a car can rise up by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, and cracking a window doesn’t do much to actually cool down a hot car, as per Parents. Thankfully the child in Duncanville survived, but it’s crucial that parents go out of their way to make sure that they don’t lose sight of their young kids, even for just a few minutes.

DUNCANVILLE POLICE SAVE INFANTDuncanville, TX – August 21, 2020Just after 5:00 PM on August 17, 2020, Duncanville…

Posted by Duncanville Police Department on Friday, August 21, 2020