"There's no way that this can be healthy for a child. So parents, guardians, I want to encourage you. You may be running into the store for a couple of minutes. Please, please, do not leave a child in a hot car," Officer Melancon said.
This is a nationwide effort to bring awareness to this issue. Here are some more ways to help remind you, when you're busy, that a child is in the back seat:
One way is to put a purse, cellphone or something else you'll need in the back seat. Another way is to keep a toy in your child's car seat and put it in the front seat when you strap your child in to serve as a reminder he or she is in the back.
Tennessee state law states that if you see a child left alone in a car, you are allowed to break into the vehicle only after you call police.
Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a campaign that is warning parents and caregivers of young children to be mindful that it doesn't take long for a child to die of heatstroke if left unattended in a parked car. Click here to learn more: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/heatstroke.htm.
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