'Safer New Mexico' use awareness thermometers to educate parents

Created: 07/09/2014 7:55 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For years, they've taught New Mexico parents all about child safety. Recently “Safer New Mexico" has added a little something to their curriculum, the dangers of leaving children in hot cars.

It's a demonstration Mark McCracken has shown many times.

It is an awareness thermometer. Mark McCracken and his team with Safer New Mexico now use it as a teaching tool, to show parents just how hot it can get inside their car.

Imagine leaving a child inside a 100 degree car. It can turn dangerous and even deadly.

“That car can heat up so quickly and not only the heat, but leaving the child in the vehicle uh, other things can happen,” said Mark.

Since April of this year, 16 kids have died of heatstroke in cars.

“It seems like a normal thing to remember that you have your child with you,” Mark said.

Here's what else parents need to know:

  • Give yourself reminders:  Like putting your purse, cell phone or wallet in the back, next to your child.
  •  Don't think cracking the window open a bit will "make it safer" because it won't.
  • Don't ever think: "I'll be gone for just a few minutes," because seconds count.

Safer New Mexico now hosts safety clinics throughout the year and there's one coming up this Friday.

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