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Posted on: July 19, 2019

Heat Emergencies Reminder!

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***According to statistics, 54 percent of heat stroke deaths among children in vehicles occurred when the child was "forgotten" by the caregiver; 26 percent of deaths occurred when a child was playing in an unattended vehicle; 19 percent occurred when a child was intentionally left in a vehicle by an adult; and 1% occurred under unknown circumstances.***

The Irving Fire Department reminds everyone to please keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent a tragedy:

  • NEVER leave infants, children or pets in a parked car--even if the windows are slightly open.
  • Put something that will be needed for work--cell phone, briefcase, employee badge, etc.--in the backseat. This is especially important if you are not following your normal routine.
  • Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in the child's car seat when it's empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when the child is buckled in.
  • Create extra reminders:
    1. If you regularly drop your child off at a child care, create a calendar reminder on your phone or computer to make sure you've done so.
    2. There are now location alert apps available on cell phones to alert you when you reach your destination; check your phone to see if it has this capability.
  • When leaving, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook children who may have fallen asleep.
  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • Call 911 to report a child unattended in a vehicle.

As a reminder for parents, the fire department provides free Don't Forget the Baby window static clings to Irving residents. For more information, call (972) 721-2651.

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