Bakersfield police urge caution, vigilance in avoiding heat stroke in children


As temperatures soar during the beginning of this hot summer, Bakersfield police are urging everyone to avoid tragedy as a result of the heat.

The police department said you can take steps to keep your children and loved ones safe.

  • Never leave a child, dependents, or animals alone in a car.
  • See a child alone in a car? Get involved! Protecting children is everyone’s business. Call 9-1-1 immediately. 
  • The difference between life and death can be minutes in a hot car. Cars can reach deadly temperatures very quickly, even on relatively “cool days”.
  • Always check the back seat for your baby. “Look Before You Lock”. While many of us think that this can never happen to us, all it takes is that one day where you are overworked and under rested to lose track of time, and think you already dropped your child off at daycare. 
  • Ask childcare to call you if your baby doesn’t show up as planned.
  • Always keep cars locked & keys out of reach of children. If a child is missing – check in all cars.
  • A car is not a babysitter. Never leave a child, dependent or animal alone inside a vehicle, not even for a minute.

Police said 42 children died from heatstroke inside a vehicle and says, despite your best intentions, it can happen to anyone.

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