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Surprise Police Department Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, Arizona 85374
Office 623.222.4000
Fax 623.222.4008
www.surpriseaz.gov/police
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For Immediate Release
              
Surprise Police warn against leaving kids, pets in hot vehicles

Surprise, AZ (April 13, 2015) Surprise Police have launched a “Hot Cars Can Kill” campaign reminding residents of the deadly dangers of leaving kids and pets in cars.
 
According to the
National Highway Safety Administration, heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult’s, and when a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, they die.
 
From 1998-2013, 606 children died due to heatstroke, representing 61 percent of total non-crash fatalities in this age group. Of the 606 deaths, 52% were forgotten in a vehicle.
 
“We want the public to be aware that a child or pet who is left helpless in a hot car can suffer serious injury or even death,” says Surprise Police Chief Mike Frazier. “We hope that by getting this message out, people will make extra efforts to ensure that they don’t forget their loved ones in a vehicle or use it as a babysitter.”
 
Chief Frazier advises placing something you’ll need in the backseat, like a purse or briefcase, to remind yourself to look back before leaving your vehicle. Anyone who sees a child alone in a vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately.
 
The Hot Cars Can Kill campaign was introduced in the spring issue of
Surprise Progress Magazine. The Surprise Police Department has created a webpage with information and resources at www.surpriseaz.gov/hotcarscankill. A 30-second public service announcement will play on Surprise 11 TV and as an ad at the local movie theatre.