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.
Source: City of Irving Fire Department