Police speak on the dangers of leaving kids in cold cars

Police speak on the dangers of leaving kids in cold cars
Officers asking parents not to leave children unattended in vehicles. Photo Credit WDAM

NEW AUGUSTA, MS (WDAM) - The summer of 2016 saw an unfortunate number of tragic accidents involving kids in hot vehicles. Now in December, there have already been a few cases of children being left in freezing cars.

Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles and his officers have been working to make sure the same tragic events won't happen in the Pine Belt.

"It's definitely not a safe situation to do that," Nobles said. It's not a good idea to leave your child in a vehicle period. Not even on a normal day."

Possible oversights can include the frequent change in temperature.

"The common misconception that we're used to the 90 degree weather, and when it gets cooler we think they won't be in danger with heat stroke and suffocation, but in the cold it's hypothermia and exposure to the cold that we're dealing with," said Perry County Emergency Management Director Gerry Burns. "That can be just as extreme and dangerous."

There are other reasons not to leave children unattended in vehicles.

"Someone could drive away in the vehicle; the child could get in trouble in the vehicle while you're not there," Burns said. "It's just always important to be aware of those around you."

Burns added one final warning to parents traveling with their small children.

"It only takes 30 seconds for tragedy to strike," he said.