Safe Kids Macon County to host hot car display to raise awareness of heatstroke deaths 

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Safe Kids MC logoKenny Hyppolite, a 2-year old boy from Fort Pierce, Fla., was pronounced dead on Friday, July 15, after being found inside a hot car. The toddler’s death makes the 19th child this year that has died as a result of being left alone inside a hot car.

Every 10 days across the United States, a child dies from being left in a hot car. It only takes a few minutes for a car to heat up and become deadly to a child inside. As summer temperatures rise, more kids are at risk.

“The Safe Kids organization is designed to decrease the number of preventable injuries to children and heatstroke deaths are far too common and so easily preventable,” said Safe Kids Macon County Coordinator Deputy Josh Stewart. “Although we have been fortunate here in Macon County to not experience any deaths related to children being left alone in a hot vehicle, last Friday the 19th child died in the U.S. We want to make sure that we do everything we can to educate the community on ways to ensure that our children are as safe as possible and this is just another way to do that.”

To show how quickly the temperature inside a car can rise, Safe Kids Macon County is teaming up with the Macon County Public Library to host a hot car demonstration on Tuesday, July 26. Using a hot car display, Safe Kids Macon County will place a temperature gauge inside a parked vehicle at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning and will record how quickly the temperature rises in 30-minute intervals. The demonstration will continue until 3 p.m.

Educational materials will be available to the public on ways to prevent heatstroke and other accidents related to hot cars. Local fire departments and law enforcement agencies will also have firetrucks and patrol vehicles on display for children in the community.

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. Millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.

When a child dies or is seriously injured, the lives of families and entire communities are changed forever. But these tragedies don’t have to happen. The important thing to remember about preventable injuries is that they are preventable. They often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness and planning

Safe Kids Macon County stands as the coalition operating in the westernmost part of the state and is the newest coalition to be established. In addition to events such as the hot car display, Safe Kids Macon County has implemented programs such as Project Childsafe, which provides free gunlocks to the community and has worked to have 15 child passenger technicians certified to ensure that children are as safe as possible while traveling in a vehicle.

Safe Kids Macon County will hold their first fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. Dave Linn with Bringing it to Life Productions is working to hold a Dodgeball tournament to benefit Safe Kids Macon County.

The event will feature 16 eight person teams in a double elimination tournament. There will be an adult division co-ed team (at least 1 member of the opposite sex per team) and a youth division co-ed team for ages 8-12. The Youth Division ($125 registration fee per team) tournament begins at 10 a.m. with the adult division ($150 registration fee per team) starting at 1 p.m.

All participants will receive an event shirt and awards will be given to the over first and second place teams.

Deadline to register a team for the fundraiser is Aug. 5. For a team entry form, contact Bringing It To Life! Productions at bringingit2life@gmail.com

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