Archives For Children Dying in Cars

49-year-old Owen Gilman of Warwick, RI, didn’t think twice about driving drunk with his 10-year-old son and his 12-year-old daughter in the car yesterday. It sad when a 10-year-old child has to dial “911” threatening to jump from a moving car because he fears for his life. Imagine the thoughts that were flashing through the children’s minds. To make matters worse, Mr. Gilman had Marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the car. He must have been out of his mind to think that nothing was going to happen to him or his children. In the state he was in, he most likely just didn’t care. Most parents know that your children’s safety should always come first. If you plan on being dumb enough to drink and do drugs, make sure your children are with a responsible and reliable person. Don’t risk the lives for others just because you are irresponsible. I thank the good lord that the children escaped only with lacerations, but we all know the emotional scars may last a lifetime. Shame on you Mr. Gilman. To read more on this story click here to read the article from CBS News: Boy, 10, calls 911, says father driving drunk, he might jump

Earlier today my daughter asked me to post the following message to Facebook…

My 11 year daughter Lea Silver, just walked into our living room asking me to post a message to anyone who is a parent or a caregiver of a child, and make sure they do not leave a child unattended in a car at any time during any season, but especially during a heat wave. We have all heard so many stories recently of these children dying in locked cars. This is truly unnecessary and shameful. Please value a child’s life more than that. Nine long months go into carrying a child and all that work shouldn’t be thrown away for a moment of stupidity or selfishness. Think before you act. Save a child’s life, take them with you or leave them at home. Don’t lead them to their death in an overheated car.

This evening I was curious and I did a little research and found that approximately 37-38 children die in heat related deaths, most of which are in cars and the others due to heat stroke and the like. Do you know that in as little as an hour a car sitting in the sun when it is 80 degrees only takes one hour to reach 122 degrees. As a healthy adult, you may be able to withstand that, but it’s unlikely without water or some other form of beverage. Now think about a young child, I’m sure everyone reading this knows that it wouldn’t take long before a child would be in danger.

It can not be stressed enough how important it is not to leave any human or animal in a car for any extended period of time when it is extremely hot or cold out. When it’s cold, it’s not safe to leave the car running for extended periods of time because you then need to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning. Cars are solely intended as a method of transportation. They are not babysitters nor a place to babysit a child or an animal. We must find a way to continue educating people so that our children will stay safe instead of becoming yet another statistic!