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It only takes 15 minutes for a child in a hot car to sustain a heat stroke or other complications.

kid shielding his eyes

The law dictates that leaving children under the age of six in cars that are not running is a second-degree misdemeanor. If the car is running, a child can legally be left alone for less than 15 minutes. Keep in mind, cracking open a window will do little to nothing to keep the car cooler.

The Florida “Motor Vehicle Good Samaritan Law” makes it lawful for an individual to forcibly enter a vehicle to help a person or pet in danger. They will not be held liable for damages if there was no other way to enter the car. Immediately after or before, 911 must be called.

kid playing with toy car

The heat in Florida can become very dangerous, very quickly. Here are some tips to keep in mind to keep your family safe during the hot summer months:

  • Keep your car locked at all times. It is possible for a child to climb into a car, in a hot garage or driveway, and be unable to get out.
  • Keep keys and car remotes away from children at all times.
  • If you must leave your child in the car while running errands, use drive-thru services.
  • Call 911 immediately if you see a child or a pet left alone in a hot car. If the child seems distressed, use the necessary force to remove them from the vehicle.
  • Review vehicle safety with any childcare providers
  • Do a visual sweep of your entire vehicle before leaving and locking the doors.
  • During busy times, such as holidays or get-togethers, be especially aware of your child’s whereabouts.

Don’t let temporary distraction become a tragedy. Keep your family safe and, stay smart, and stay aware.

 

In Florida, a giant alligator is generally a frightening occurrence – unless it’s a giant pool float and can be used for splashing, riding, and laughing!

kids playing in big floaties in a pool

 

As Tallahassee days reach their humid summer peak, aquatic activities are a family favorite. This summer as you venture out to keep things cool, keep in mind some important tips for pool safety.

two kids with sunglasses playing in the pool with floaties

 

  1. Take swimming lessons as a family! The Red Cross offers water orientation and swim lessons for all ages. Bond with your child as you show them the importance of safety and independence.Consider first aid and CPR/AED classes.
  2. Before heading out to the pool, have a talk with your family. Encourage awareness and caution. Discuss with children how to recognize signs of danger and that if they are at all unsure, a trusted adult or a lifeguard should be made aware immediately.
  3. Encourage the buddy system. Place an emphasis on the importance of not swimming alone.
  4. Establish clear rules such as asking for permission before approaching the water. Discourage dangerous games such as breath holding contests.
  5. Believe it or not, lifeguards aren’t only around to blow that whistle when someone is running. They keep a close watch over your loved ones and can mean the difference between a fun day and a traumatizing experience. Find an area with lifeguards who can help keep watch.
  6. Equip young children and inexperienced swimmers with life vests. Discuss with them appropriate and inappropriate swimming areas depending on depth.
  7. The large bodies of water are not the only ones to be concerned about. Keep yourself and your family hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol and caffeine.
  8. Prepare yourself for a possible emergency. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or injury.

 

The city of Tallahassee offers some fantastic facilities for you and your family to take advantage of. With proper preparation and communication, pool time can be a wonderful addition to your summer.