Look Before you Lock: Child safety

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Wichita Falls resident, Sabrina Cortinas told us, “I would be very alarmed knowing that a kid is in the back seat especially if the windows are up.” 

According to a recent survey, as of July 3rd, more than 760 children have died as result of pediatric vehicular heatstroke since 1998, and some residents say they’d be willing to do anything to lower that number, even if that means breaking windows.

Cortinas continued to say, “If it was an infant, I would definitely, if the windows were up in a hot sun like this, that’s not good for the kid.”

Jeffrey Harris, another Wichita Falls resident said, “You would have to go for the farthest window away from the child.”

So what should you do if you see a child locked in a hot car??

WFPD PIO, Sgt. Harold McClure told us, “Call 9-1-1, let fire respond, let police respond if AMR is needed, at least that way you have emergency personnel in route to the scene and can take care of the situation.”

He said, every situation is different, that’s why he said it’s important that someone walking by surveys the area before taking action. “Is there a parent or guardian close by that you just don’t realize. Just because one individual sees a picture, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they have the entire picture.” 

He finished by saying the hearts of residents like Cortinas and Harris are in the right place. It’s also illegal to leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even if the car is running and the A/C is on. 

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