Child Safety: Passerby Rescues Toddler in Sun Baked Car – Kids and Cars Canada

by John McKiggan

Yesterday I was interviewed as Chair of – Canada, about the dangers of leaving children in cars during the hot summer months: A Hot Weekend Reminder for Parents

I have posted before about the dangers posed to children when they are left in cars. See for example: Child Safety: Sunny Days and Kids in Cars

On a sunny 25 degree day the temperature inside a locked car can rise to more than 100 degress in less than 5 minutes.

One of the safety tips that Canada is a recommendation for bystanders:

If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. If they are hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

But sometimes that’s easier to say than do. So that’s why I wanted to post a link to this news story and to publically congratulate the passerby in British Columbia who decided to “get involved” when he saw a toddler locked inside a car on a hot day.

Passerby alerts police after spotting distressed toddler inside sun-baked SUV

This man didn’t have to get involved. In fact, it probably would have been easier for him to carry on with his day. But by calling 911 to rescue this little girl he may have prevented a tragic death.

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