#BrownEmergencyHealthTip from Dr. Rybasack:

Every year, children and pets die after being left unattended in hot cars. Even on mild days, a child trapped in a car can be severely injured or killed. This preventable tragedy can happen to ANYONE. Here are some tips to keep your loved ones safe.

-Have a system to remind you your child is in the car. Leaving your work bag, phone or wallet in the back seat with the child can help ensure you don’t leave them behind.

-Take an online safety course such as the one offered by the National Safety Council

-Never, ever leave a child unattended, even for a short time. The temperature in a car will rise 19 degrees in just 10 minutes!

-Children playing in or around a car can become trapped inside- leave cars locked at all times when unattended. Teach your toddlers and school age children not to play in cars.

-Teach children how to open car doors if they are inside and how to honk the horn for help.

-See something, say something- if you notice a child in an unattended car in a parking lot or driveway, get help RIGHT AWAY. Seconds matter, and you could be preventing a tragedy.

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