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Temple Fire & Rescue warn residents after multiple calls about children in hot cars

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Since the beginning of the year, Temple Fire & Rescue has responded to 12 calls of children locked in vehicles.  In all of those cases, the child was rescued.

When crews are called about a child or person locked in a car, Temple Fire and Rescue said they are prepared to do what they need to in order to get the child or person out safe.

"If necessary, they'll force entry into the vehicle to get access to the child or the person inside the vehicle," Thomas Pechal, spokesman for Temple Fire and Rescue, said. We do carry equipment to minimize the damage of getting in so we don't have to break the window but always life safety is our number one concern."

With rising temperatures, Temple FD wants residents to know the dangers and signs to prevent heat stroke.

According to Temple FD, a child can quickly develop heat stroke because their body can heat up faster than an adult’s.

 "A child's body heats up three times faster than an adults. So you can imagine what the heat feels like on you as an adult sitting in a vehicle. Now take that temperature what it feels like to you and multiple it three to five times faster and that's how quickly it effects a child," Pechal said.

Temple FD and Safe Kids Worldwide give this advice:

“All you have to do is remember to ACT.

  • A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute.  Make sure you keep your vehicle locked when you’re not in it so kids can’t enter it on their own. 
  • C: Create reminders by placing something in the back of your vehicle such as your shoe, cell phone, or purse so that you’ll check the back seat once you arrive at your destination.  This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
  • T: Take action.  If you see a child alone in a car, call 9-1-1.  Emergency responders are trained to respond to these situations.

Creating Reminders and Securing Vehicles

  • Develop a plan with your daycare so that if your child is late, you’ll be called within a few minutes. 
  • Always lock your vehicle doors and trunk and keep the keys out of a child’s reach.
  • If your child is missing, call 9-1-1.  Check swimming pools, and all vehicles, including the trunk.”

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