“Texas summers are extremely hot and leaving a child or pet
unattended in a hot vehicle becomes extremely dangerous and can lead to death,”
states Fire Chief Mario Molina. ***According to Safe Kids USA, Since 1998
more than 500 children across the U.S. have died from heat stroke when
unattended in a vehicle.***
The temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as
little as 10 minutes, and 50 degrees in an hour- even when outside air
temperatures are in the 70’s! The Irving Fire Department ask that everyone please keep these
safety tips in mind to help prevent a tragedy:
- NEVER leave infants, children or
pets in a parked car–even if the windows are slightly open.
- Put something that will be needed for work–cell
phone, briefcase, employee badge, etc.–in the backseat.
- Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the
child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front as a reminder.
- When leaving, check to be sure everyone is out
of the car. Do not overlook children who may have fallen asleep.
- Always lock your car and ensure children do not
have access to keys or remote entry devices. Teach your children that vehicles
are never to be used as a play area.
- Call 911 to report a child unattended in a
As a reminder for parents, the Fire department provides free
Don’t Forget the Baby window static clings and rearview mirror hangers
to Irving residents. For more information, call (972) 721-2514.
To view a video on Spring Safety Tips from Chief Molina,
click on the following link: Spring Safety Tips Video
To view this or previous IFD
Safety Topics go to: www.cityofirving.org/fire/fire-safety.asp