Summer is here and with it comes the rising temperatures.
Wadesboro Police Chief Thedis Spencer has a growing concern for both children and pets left unattended in vehicles during these times of high temperatures.
Since 1990, almost 800 children have died in these preventable tragedies. An average of 37 children die needlessly every year from vehicular heatstroke. In 2016 a total of 39 children died. One of the biggest challenges? Nobody thinks this could ever happen to them.
Safety steps include:
• Put something in the back seat so you have to open the back door when leaving the vehicle — cell phone, employee badge, handbag, left shoe, etc.
• Every time you park your vehicle, open the back door to make sure no one has been left behind — “Look Before You Lock.”
• Ask your childcare provider or babysitter to call you within 10 minutes if your child hasn’t arrived on time.
• Keep a stuffed animal in your child’s car seat and move it to the front seat to remind you when your baby is in the back seat.
Over the next week, Wadesboro residents may see a vehicle set up with a sign showing inside temperatures of the vehicle as compared to the temperature outside. Temperatures inside the vehicle can rise drastically compared to those outside, and this sign will help to show just how quickly the difference can become deadly.
Wadesboro Police Department obtained the equipment from the Office of the State Fire Marshal in conjunction with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. The department is hoping to spread the word countywide and will loan the equipment out to other agencies within the county to help raise awareness and attempt to prevent those tragedies in the Anson County area.