Child Rescue Program
At Locksmith Minnesota we know how important your family is to you and we want to make sure all our customers are safe and secure. Unfortunately is this hectic world we live in parents have inadvertently and accidentally locked their children in their vehicle. When a child is locked in a vehicle the situation usually happens when a caregiver or parent deviates from their usual routine, and a lapse in memory can occur, and they accidentally forget they have the child in the backseat. This situation can become extremely dangerous depending on weather conditions in Minnesota summer temperatures can reach as high as 85 degrees, and winter temperatures can dip as low as 4 degrees making it imperative that a child not be left locked inside a vehicle. Children locked in cars can experience hypothermia if it is too cold or heats stroke if it is too hot. To keep children, safe Locksmith Minnesota created our 24/7 Child Rescue Program in which we will come out free of charge and rescue any child locked in a vehicle.
Unfortunately leaving a child in a locked car can have catastrophic consequences and below is a list of facts about how children can succumb to heat when locked in a vehicle:
• Heat stroke occurs when the body cannot cool itself quickly enough.
• The leading cause of non-crash related deaths among children under the age of 15 is heat stroke.
• Children heat up much quicker than adults at a rate of 3 to 5 times faster.
• Cars can become hot in as little as 10 minutes and cracking a window does little to help keep a car cool.
• It does not have to be extremely hot outside as heat stroke can occur when the outside temperature is 57 degrees or above.
• If a child’s body temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit their major organs will begin to shut down.
• If a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees Fahrenheit they can die.
It is not just extreme heat that can lead to child fatalities; extreme cold like those of a typical Minnesota Winter can be just as dangerous. Infants and small children due to their small size can succumb to hypothermia much quicker than adults, so it is essential to make sure you have your child correctly dressed for cold weather and never leave them unattended in a vehicle.
At Locksmith Minnesota we are not here to judge or blame we merely want to ensure that all children are safe so if you have a child locked in a car call us immediately and we will have a technician there to rescue the child. To help prevent tragedies from occurring we offer some tips below on how to prevent children from becoming locked in vehicles:
• Get in the habit of checking the back seat before exiting your vehicle. Whether you are the primary driver of your children or not if you get in the habit of checking the backseat you are far less likely to leave a child in the backseat.
• Put away the cell phone. Cell phones can be incredibly distracting and should not be used when driving, let alone while driving your child. A missed call or text is not nearly as important as the life of your child. If you are talking on your cell phone, you may become distracted and forget to check to see if your child is still in the car which can lead to devastating consequences. Get in the habit of putting your cell phone away and not using it in the car and you are less likely to leave your child in the car.
• If you change your routine make sure you are extra vigilant when checking to make sure you have not left your child in the car. Parents often have hectic schedules and little sleep so even the slightest deviation from their normal routine can have devastating consequences.
• Have your child care provider call you if your child is more than 15 minutes late, this way if you inadvertently forgot to drop your child off you will become aware quickly enough to avoid tragedy.
• Put your purse, briefcase, wallet, cell phone in the back seat with your child so you have no choice but to check the backseat.
• Never leave your child in the car, even if you have to run into the house for a minute or two. While this may seem tedious, but if you always bring your child with you also if it is just for a minute you will be less likely to leave them in the car.
• Lock your car. Some tragedies occur when children inadvertently lock themselves in cars. If you leave your vehicle unlocked a child can get in and accidentally lock the car, and this can have potentially deadly consequences.
• Teach your child that cars are dangerous and are not to toys. It would be best if you never allowed your child to be unsecured while in a vehicle. When you put your child in the car make sure they are secure in their car seat, booster seat, or seatbelt. Children should not be allowed to stand up on car seats or crawl around the car.
By taking a simple measure like putting away your cell phone or checking the back seat of your car can ensure that you do not leave your child in the back seat of a locked vehicle. Leaving a child alone in a hot or cold vehicle can have catastrophic consequences so be sure to take steps to keep your child safe. At Locksmith Minnesota we have a free Child Rescue Program so if you accidentally lock your child in your car do not panic call us at (952) 800-7750, and we will come and unlock your vehicle for free if your child has been in the car for an extended period call 911 before calling Locksmith Minnesota.