Message Monday for July 13, 2015 - Where's baby? Look before you lock

7-13-message-mondayWe all know today would be a miserable day to be in a car when the air conditioner is not running. But imagine it's a cool 74 degrees outside. After 20 minutes, can you guess the temperature inside your car? Is it 80, 90, 100?  Actually, you’re looking at an inside temperature of 103 after 20 minutes. Heat stroke begins when your body temperature passes 104 degrees. Reaching a body temperature of 107 can be deadly.

Annually, an average of 38 children have died in hot cars in the United States each year since 1998.  More than 70 percent of those heat stroke deaths have been children younger than age 2 and more than half have been the result of a caregiver forgetting the child in the car.

Life is busy, but there is nothing more important than the life of your child. Please look before you lock.

For more helpful tips, including a calculator to show just how warm the inside of your car can get in a short period of time, visit

Look before you lock!


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