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Always Remember: Look Again

July 14, 2015

Last year, 30 children in America — 2 from Georgia — died from being trapped in hot cars, according to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). For something so easily preventable, that number remains too high.

For years agencies and leaders throughout Georgia have promoted awareness about leaving children unattended in vehicles. We continue that tradition today. Whether you’re a parent, babysitter or bus driver, always remember to “Look Again.”

In our Georgia heat, the inside of your car can reach unbearable temperatures in about 10 minutes. This heat contains danger for adolescents and adults, but children remain the most at risk. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), children don’t have the same internal temperature control that adults do. This causes their body temperature to increase faster than adults, making heatstroke a real and serious danger for children left in cars.

Whenever you’re transporting children, always make sure everyone gets out of the car. And then, to be extra certain, Look Again. Also, be sure to lock your car when you’re not in it -- especially when you’re at home. That way no one — namely children — can get into the car while you’re not there.

DECAL, DPH, Governor Nathan Deal, and First Lady Sandra Deal each call for you to be hyper aware of these dangers and to stop leaving children unattended in cars. It may sound redundant, but always remember to Look Again.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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