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Look Before You Lock


Each year 37 children are left alone in cars and die from hyperthermia. Delray Beach Fire-Rescue has come up with a rear view mirror hang tag to help.



Warning Signs Of Hyperthermia May Include:

Red, hot, and moist or dry skin

strong & rapid or slow & weak pulse

No sweating

A throbbing headache




Being grouchy or acting strangely

FACT: It only takes 10 minutes for a car to heat up 20 degrees and become deadly

FACT: Heatstroke fatalities have occurred even in vehicles parked in shaded areas and when the air temperatures were 80  degrees F or less.

FACT: A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult’s.

 Prevention / Safety Tips

  • Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
  • "Look Before You Lock” - Always look in both the front and back of the vehicle   before locking the door and walking way.
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways or garages. Ask home visitors, child care providers and neighbors to do the same.
  • Use drive-thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry   cleaners, etc.) and pay for gas at the pump.

Links to Additional Resources


Public Education Specialist
(561) 243-7407

Delray Beach Fire Rescue
Fire Prevention Bureau
501 West Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone #: 561-243-7400
Fax #: 561-243-7408

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