Look Before You Lock
Each year 37 children are left alone in cars and die from hyperthermia. Delray Beach Fire-Rescue has come up with a rear view mirror hang tag to help.
Warning Signs Of Hyperthermia May Include:
Red, hot, and moist or dry skin
strong & rapid or slow & weak pulse
A throbbing headache
Being grouchy or acting strangely
FACT: It only takes 10 minutes for a car to heat up 20 degrees and become deadly
FACT: Heatstroke fatalities have occurred even in vehicles parked in shaded areas and when the air temperatures were 80 degrees F or less.
FACT: A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult’s.
Prevention / Safety Tips
- Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
- "Look Before You Lock” - Always look in both the front and back of the vehicle before locking the door and walking way.
- Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways or garages. Ask home visitors, child care providers and neighbors to do the same.
- Use drive-thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.) and pay for gas at the pump.
Links to Additional Resources
Public Education Specialist
Delray Beach Fire Rescue
Fire Prevention Bureau
501 West Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone #: 561-243-7400
Fax #: 561-243-7408