Local Authorities: Parents Be Vigilant With Kids In Cars During High Temps

Emily Archacki
August 09, 2018 - 11:22 am

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) As summer begins to wind down, the high temperatures remain. Prompting local police and firefighters to remind parents to be aware of the steps they can take to prevent a child from becoming trapped in a hot car.

East Hartford Fire Department Chief Medical Officer Todd Lomento calls a child’s life “a gift.”

”In a short few minutes, that precious gift can be taken away by a senseless and life altering mistake,” said Lomento.

Drivers are encouraged to begin the habit of checking their vehicle’s back seat regularly, prior to exiting when arriving at a destination. One step to ensure no children are left in the back seat.

This precaution is advised to be taken especially on days when a normal routine may be broken, or on days that may be particularly stressful.

All drivers, not only parents, are also asked to lock their cars. This is so children cannot look to play inside the vehicles and risk getting trapped inside.

“The suffering that will follow cannot be taken too lightly,” said Lomento.  “It will tear the fabric of each and every community that experiences the fatality from every child left in a hot car.”