Dangerous Heat Can Kill: Children At Risk
The hot dry conditions before today’s storms brought us a heat index, or feels like of 105 degrees yesterday with a regular temp of around 98.
That kind of heat is stifling enough, but can you imagine how hot it would be inside a car with closed windows?
Summer heat reminds us to be careful with the elderly and children. State officials remind parents and caregivers that it’s never safe to leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Department of Children & Family Services spokesman Trey
Williams says, on hot summer says, the temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees in a matter of just minutes.
In Louisiana, 21 kids have died of heat stroke from being left alone in a car since 1989. Williams says that’s too many. He says with school out and, perhaps, kids in daycare…routines are thrown off and tragic mistakes can be made…..: Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle in Louisiana is punishable with up to 6 months jail and fines up to $500.
Williams says parents and caregivers must take steps to assure they never forget about little ones in the back seat.
Williams says there are other useful tips to help prevent a forgotten child tragedy on the DCFS website, at “dcfs.louisiana.gov“.