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In the last few weeks, several instances of children suffocating to death inside the locked cars have made headlines across the world.
The most recent one being the news of 5-year-old twin sisters who died after locking themselves inside a car in Jamalpur village in Gurgoan district. The girls were visiting their grandparents and would often slip out of the home to play with the puppies sheltering underneath a car. 13th June was a no different day for them. However, when they went missing after a few hours, the family embarked a search during which they were found unconscious in the car. The girls were rushed to the hospital, but it was too late to save them.
Apparently, the car’s door handle was not working properly due to which the sisters could not open it from inside and passed away due to extreme heat. Their 18-year-old cousin was their play buddy and caretaker, but that unfateful day, he did not accompany them. The family was not aware that the twins had vanished into the car without informing any adult.
A few days ago, a similar heartbreaking episode took place in New Delhi, where an 8-year-old boy was discovered dead inside a locked car due to a heat stroke. Earlier, in the month of May this year, two toddlers in Texas; and three kids in Lebanon met end to their life after they accidentally trapped themselves in a car.
It is difficult to fathom whether the occurrence should be blamed on the family, innocence of children or the fate. However, eventually, a child’s safety is parents’ responsibility.
Non-traffic related child deaths could occur due to various reasons such as the child left/locked in vehicle, underage driver, car set in motion by child and backed over by other vehicle. Statistics reveal that on an average, 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being shut inside vehicles. This means that a parked car can be as deadly as the one being driven on the road.
Here is how you can protect your child from the dangers of such car deaths:
For more information on car safety, click here.
Don’t let your child fool around the car.
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