“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
    vehicle.

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

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