A new child safety awareness program from the Denham Springs City Marshal’s Office is reminding parents and caregivers to check for children before leaving their vehicles.
Last year, 31 children across the country died of heatstroke after being left in cars, Marshal Jerry Denton said. There have been 10 such deaths this year, including one in Baton Rouge in June, he said.
“One is too many, and we must do everything within our power to make people aware to not leave children in cars unattended,” Denton said.
Denton’s office has printed stickers for parents and caregivers to place in their cars to remind them to check for children.
The stickers — proclaiming “Heat Kills. Where’s the Baby? Act Fast, Save a Life.” — are available at the Marshal’s Office, 398 Mayor Herbert Hoover Ave., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved,” Denton said. “If they are hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.”
Denton said people also should be careful not to forget about pets and the elderly, who may be unable to take care of themselves.