Wake County Human Services, in partnership with Safe Kids Wake County, will demonstrate the dangers of leaving a child in a hot car on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the front parking lot of the Wake County Public Health Center, 10 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh. Bobby Murray Chevrolet will be providing the vehicles for the demonstration.
Parents and caregivers will be roasting s'mores in a car to demonstrate the level of heat that can occur in a closed vehicle. All in attendance will be asked to sign pledges stating that they will never leave a child alone in a car, and if they do see a child left alone in a car, they will immediately call 911.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide
, there were eight fatalities nationwide in May 2013, making it the deadliest May on record for unattended children in vehicles. Since 1998, more than 500 children across the U.S. have died from heat stroke while left unattended in hot cars.
This event is part of the "Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car" national campaign to address the risks and dangers posed by children being left in cars. Safe Kids Wake County is made up of area organizations, businesses and individuals interested in child safety. They plan and implement strategies to reduce preventable injuries and death to children in Wake County.
In the event of inclement weather, call 919-250-3989 to confirm whether the demonstration is canceled.