Deltona Fire Department Launches
Campaign to Prevent Hot Car Deaths of Children
FLA. – (May 27, 2016) – The City of Deltona and the
Deltona Fire Fighters Foundation has partnered with Cynthia Blomquist State
Farm and Halifax Health for a public information campaign reminding residents
to never leave children or pets alone in a car unattended. The campaign kicks off on May 31, 2016 at
Walgreen’s on Normandy Blvd., and Saxon Blvd., from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
“As the weather warms, we believe this is the perfect time to launch
this campaign to prevent hot car deaths of children,” says John Viccaro, Union
President “Nationally, on average, 38 children die from heat-related deaths
each year after being accidently left behind inside a hot, parked motor vehicle. In Florida, we are all too familiar with this
problem as we read and see far too many news reports about the hot car deaths
of innocent children during the summer season.”
According to noheatstroke.org,
Florida had 72 heat-related deaths of children
left in vehicles from 1998-2015, trailing only Texas, which had 100. California
is listed as third with 44 deaths.
With sunlight coming through car and truck windows working similarly to
an oven, it only takes a few minutes before a child or pet can become
dangerously overheated in a closed vehicle.
Members of the City of Deltona
Fire Department are especially passionate about
preventing hot car deaths as they are often the first responders to the scene
when children are found alone in vehicles.
“Finding a child in that condition really affects us personally because
many of us are parents ourselves,” say Brandon Brown a Deltona fireman who was
first on scene of a local heat related tragedy.
Deltona Fire Fighters and city officials are determined to reduce the
number of hot car deaths of children with this public information campaign that
includes a traveling display sponsored by State Farm and Halifax Health. The display will appear at various Deltona
retail stores, including Walgreen’s, State Farm offices and fire stations
throughout the spring and summer seasons, providing residents with the
following four tips:
*Never leave your child or pet alone in a car – not even for a minute.
*Make sure to leave your car locked when you are not in it so children
can’t get into it on their own.
*Create reminders by putting something in the backseat of your car next
to your child such as a briefcase, purse or a cell phone that is needed at your
final destination. This is especially
important if you are not following your normal routine.
*Take action if you see a child or pet alone in a car, call 911.