Welfare Watch May 24, 2016

Look Before You Lock
 

Georgia Division of Family and Children Services 
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Look Before You Lock! 

 

Six children have already died this year due to vehicular heatstroke. As recent as Wednesday, May 11, 2016, a child fell victim to this tragic yet preventable event.

The Madison County (Mississippi) Sheriff's Department responded to the scene in Gluckstadt at the Little Footprint Learning Center on Distribution Drive off of Gluckstadt Road.

According to Sheriff Randy Tucker, the mother of the child said she was on the way home from work and stopped at the daycare to pick up her child. 

"They told the mother you didn't drop her off this morning and the mother immediately became distraught, ran out to the car and realized the two-year-old was still in the car," said Tucker. (read more here).

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Vehicular heatstroke is largely misunderstood by the general public. The majority of parents are misinformed and would like to believe that they could never “forget” their child in a vehicle. The most dangerous mistake a parent or caregiver can make is to think leaving a child alone in a vehicle could never happen to them or their family.

In well over 50% of these cases, the person responsible for the child’s death unknowingly left them in the vehicle. In most situations this happens to the most loving, caring and protective parents. It has happened to a teacher, dentist, social worker, police officer, nurse, clergyman, soldier, and even a rocket scientist. It can happen to anyone…That is why we must commit ourselves to being advocates for Child Vehicular Heat Stroke and the safety of our children in hot cars. 

For additional safety tips, click here

 

Remember to spread the word - look before you lock! 
Nathan Deal
Governor

Bobby D. Cagle
Director 
Please do not reply to this email. For all further questions or inquiries, please email 877210KIDS@dhs.ga.gov.


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