DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN LOCKED IN THE CAR
A few years ago, in Kosutnjak, I found a child aged 6-7 locked in a car with raised windows. While I was thinking about what to do, my father came across me when I recognized him from the end and he was in a panic because the sun was already hot and he didn't know where his key was. It turns out that he stayed in the car that was locked after he left. According to him, he went out to take the other child to the kindergarten, where he stayed unplanned for about an hour, thinking that the other child was safe because the car was in the shade.
Unfortunately, the sun moved a lot in that hour, which led to an extremely high temperature in the car. The toddler was conscious but all sweaty and visibly upset. We called his wife, whom I literally flew to, driving quite fast in order to get the spare keys. During that time, the father stayed by the window to talk to the child and calm him down as much as possible. We had an agreement that if he saw that the boy was getting lost, he would immediately break one of the windows and call an ambulance. Fortunately, I returned quickly, we pulled the child out of the burning vehicle and everything ended as best as possible. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Every year, a large number of children in the world suffer due to the negligence of their parents, and an even larger number suffer great traumas. Although it seems to the parents that they will return quickly, that it is not so hot, that the car is in the shade, very often a lot of things go in the wrong direction.
First of all, parents must understand that a child's organism is much weaker and more sensitive than an adult's organism. Every change in temperature affects adults, let alone children. Carefully read the following issues from organizations that have taken this topic seriously.
If the outside temperature is 35 degrees, which is the usual summer temperature, if you leave the vehicle in the shade within an hour, your vehicle will have the following temperature characteristics:
-Interior temperature 38, steering wheel 42, seats 41
-If the vehicle is in the sun, then the parameters are worrying:
-Interior temperature 47, steering wheel 53, seats 51!
-In translation, a two-year-old child received a heat stroke in 60-120 minutes!
Symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, hot skin, red skin, tachycardia, difficulty breathing, and loss of consciousness. In such situations, every moment is important and the child's life can be seriously endangered.
If you find yourself in this situation, call an ambulance immediately!
Finally, let's repeat:
NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN ALONE IN A CAR regardless of the SEASON OR SITUATION. NOTHING IN THE WORLD IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR CHILD!
By: Ass. Prof. Dr. Ilija Zivotic PhD
IPO Founder & Honorary President