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MAY 2019 PAL SAVES KIDS Our Free Service for Saving Kids in Locked Cars
L ast year, 52 children in the U.S. died of heatstroke after being left in a hot car during the summertime. It’s a story all too common, and it can happen to anyone. All it takes is a sudden change in the schedule or an unexpected deviation from routine. During the hot summer months, the internal temperature of a vehicle can go up 20 degrees in 10 minutes. In Kentucky and southern Indiana, the average high temperature from May to August ranges from 80–90 degrees, which means your car can easily heat to above 100 degrees in a short amount of time. It doesn’t take long for a child to be in danger of heatstroke after being locked in the car. Since 1995, our team members at Pop-a-Lock have used their expertise to help minimize this occurrence in Kentucky and southern Indiana through our free community service, PAL Saves Kids. If you see a child locked in a car, first call 911, and then give our number a call (Lexington 859-253-6736 and Louisville 502-895-6736), and one of our team members will come as soon as possible. We give any call about children locked in cars top priority, and the service is completely free of charge. Since PAL Saves Kids began, we have saved thousands of kids from locked cars — including around 6,500 in the Louisville area and around 5,400 in and around Lexington. We respond to calls about pets as well, so if you see a dog locked in a hot car, please don’t hesitate to call.
While we at Pop-a-Lock are happy to assist in rescuing children from hot cars, we want to focus just as much on prevention and education so that call doesn’t have to be made in the first place. There are a number of strategies you can use to remind yourself to take your children out of the car with you on your errands. Placing the child’s favorite toy, blanket, or diaper bag in the front passenger seat can be a good reminder of the precious cargo in the back seat. You can also put your purse or bag in the back seat so you will see the child when you retrieve it. There was a woman I knew who would take her left shoe off and put it in the back seat while she drove to remind herself that her child was back there. And of course, if you see a child in a locked car, get involved and call the police. This is not only a problem for some parents. Locking a child in a hot car can happen to anyone; all it takes is one moment of forgetfulness. Don’t let yourself forget, and if you see a child in a hot car, call 911 and then our expert locksmiths at Pop-a-Lock. -Doug Barnes
“If you see a child locked in a car on a hot summer day, first call 911, and then give our number a call ... and one of our locksmiths will come as soon as possible.”
Of course, before you call us, please call 911. Even though we’ll drop everything we’re doing to respond to a call about a child locked in a car, you should tell the police the situation before calling us. In these instances, sometimes the police arrive first and sometimes we do. By calling the police and then calling us, you double your chances of a speedy response and potentially save a child’s life.
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