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Summer heat warning: Never leave children alone in a parked car

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Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 4:36 pm


Pima County Health Department shares summer safety tips

Did you know nearly 50 children died last year after being left alone in a parked car?

Health Department staff is getting the word out to never leave a child alone in a car – not even for a minute and not even if windows are slightly open.

Routines and distractions have led to people mistakenly leaving their children behind. To prevent leaving your child

alone in a car, experts suggest leaving your cell phone, purse, briefcase or gym bag on the floor in front of your child in the backseat. That way you can be sure to never leave your child alone in your car. Set your computer calendar program or a reminder in your cell phone to be sure you dropped your child off at day care.

The Health Department also is sharing other summer heat tips:

• Use sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days. Look for SPF 15 or higher. 

• Wear a hat and lip balm.

• Wear sunglasses, since exposure can damage your eyes and lead to cataracts. 

• Wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin while working or playing outdoors. 

• Limit your activities outside between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when ultraviolet rays are

most intense. 

• Avoid sun lamps and tanning booths, which cause as much damage as the sun’s


• Hydrate. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and talk with your pediatrician to see if your child needs extra water when it’s hot out. 

• Don’t forget your pets need shelter and water, too! During the summer, the inside of a parked car is no place for an unattended pet. If your pets can’t go inside with you, it is best to leave them safe at home.

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