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Deltona Fire Department Launches

Campaign to Prevent Hot Car Deaths of Children

 

DELTONA, 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.

 

 

 

 






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