Broward College Offers Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Car Deaths
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAUDERDALE, FL (July 10, 2014) – During the summer
months, the risk of heat-related deaths and injuries in children being left in
a car increases. In 10 short minutes, the temperature inside of a vehicle can
rise 20 degrees or more, and in South Florida, it is especially important to recognize
the potential risks and ramifications. Broward College’s Associate Dean of the
Institute of Public Safety Ken Shives is offering several helpful and
preventative tips to avoid these tragic situations.
For additional information, contact Ken
Shives at 954-201-6801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Never leave your child alone in a
car, not even for a minute to run a quick errand.
- Keep something that you need, such
as your purse, wallet, lunch or even one of your shoes, in the back seat
with the child so that you have to check the backseat before you walk away
from the car.
- Be especially careful to check for
sleeping infants. If they are not making any sounds, you may not realize
they are in the car with you, so always keep a toy or stuffed animal in
your child's car seat. When you place the child in the car seat, put that
toy or stuff animal in the front seat with you to remind you that your
child is in the car.
- Plan ahead with your child's
summer camp, day care provider or school. Have them call you if your child
does not show up to school that day, within 20-30 minutes of normal
- Make sure that your children
understand that your vehicle is not a place to play, and lock all vehicle
doors and trunks even when you are at home. Keep your keys out of your
child's reach. If your child is missing, check your vehicle immediately to
see if he or she is inside it.
Broward College is ranked as one of the top ten community colleges in the
nation by the Aspen Institute. Serving more than 68,000 students annually,
Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year
university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees
in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality
educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a
diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.