Police: Don’t leave keiki alone in car

The Hawaii Police Department reminds motorists that leaving keiki alone in a vehicle can lead to tragedy — one that is always preventable.

Here are some helpful tips to ensure it doesn’t happen to your ohana.

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Remember:

• Never leave a child alone in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down or the air conditioning on. A child’s body temperature can rise 3-5 times faster than an adult’s. A core body temperature of 107 degrees is lethal.

• Always look in the front and back seats of the vehicle before locking the doors and walking away.

• Heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees. On an 80-degree day, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.

• Never let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them a vehicle is not a play area.

• Always lock your vehicle doors and trunk, and keep the keys out of a child’s reach. If a child is missing, quickly check all vehicles, including the trunk.

Here are some suggestions on ways to remind yourself that a child is in your vehicle:

• Place a briefcase, purse or cellphone next to the child’s car seat so you’ll always check the back seat before leaving the car.

• Put a teddy bear in the passenger seat as a reminder to check the back seat before you exit the vehicle.

• Have your child care provider call you if your child doesn’t arrive.

• Write a note and place it on the dashboard of your car, or set a reminder on your cellphone or calendar.

• If taking your child to day care is not part of your usual routine, call your spouse or another caregiver to confirm you dropped off your child.

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Kids and hot cars are a deadly combination. It’s our kuleana to protect them and keep them safe at all times.

Look before you lock.

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