The Jefferson Regional Auxiliary recently participated in Look Before You Lock, reminding parents to look before they lock their cars, prompting the question “Where is the baby?”


The Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association sponsored the safety awareness program, according to a news release.


“The most dangerous mistake a parent or caregiver can make is to think leaving a child alone in a vehicle could never happen to them or their family,” according to the release. “In well over 50% of these cases, the person responsible for the child’s death unknowingly left them in the vehicle. Even on a mild day, a child trapped in a hot car can die of a heat stroke or hypothermia in just minutes. On average, 38 children die in the U.S. each year from heat-related deaths, after being trapped inside motor vehicles.”


The auxiliary distributed 1,500 Look Before You Lock car hangers to several childcare centers in the Pine Bluff area and to the labor and delivery department of Jefferson Regional.


“The inside of a vehicle heats up very quickly,” according to the release. “Even with the widows cracked, the temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees in minutes. Eighty percent of the increase in temperature happens in the first 10 minutes. A child’s body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult body and have died from heatstroke in cars in temps as low as 60 degrees.”


For details about the Look Before You Lock program, contact the auxiliary at auxiliary@jrmc.org. or 536-8076.