Barbecues, the Fourth of July, trips to the beach, and not having to go to school are just some of the great reasons we love summer. However, there are some dangerous things that come with season every parent needs to be aware of. Sunburns are a big concern, but one important issue is leaving kids in hot cars.
It's very serious and can be deadly.
According to KidsAndCars.org, approximately 37 children die every year from heat-related deaths after being left in hot cars.
Terry Williams, a father from North Carolina, is highlighting why you should never, ever leave your child in a hot car, even for a brief period of time. Williams uploaded a video to Youtube of himself sitting in a car with all of the windows rolled up and no air-conditioning on.
The video was uploaded a few years ago, but it has been recently making its way around the Internet again because of the hot summer weather many places have been enjoying.
In the video, the sweat is dripping down from Terry's face as he sits there strapped in the backseat on a 90-degree day. Visibly uncomfortable, he says,
"As you can see, I'm sweating. I can barely breathe out here, but my system is stronger than these little kids' systems."
He urges parents not to leave their children in hot cars, not even for a second.
The video is an important reminder of the very real dangers of hot cars for adults, as well as animals and children. There is a reason why some states have laws giving people permission to break car windows to rescue people inside because the situation is that serious.
The important thing is that we stop the incidents from ever happening to begin with so we don't have to worry about rescues. Prevention is key and Williams' video helps bring more attention to the important subject.