GAINESVILLE - Spring is here and with temperatures beginning to climb Safe Kids Gainesville-Hall County has issued a reminder that children are at risk of serious injury or death from heatstroke if left inside a car or other motor vehicle. <br />
Very often a parent or other adult will forget that a child is even in a vehicle because the youngster is sleeping so peacefully. It can also be tempting to leave a baby alone in a car while making a quick run into a store. But, according to Mohak Dave', MD, Emergency Department Medical Director at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, "young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult's. These tragedies are <br />
completely preventable". <br />
This week in Phoenix, Az., a woman was arrested for leaving her two <br />
children (ages 6 months and 2 years) locked in a parked car while she <br />
attended a job interview. The temperature in Phoenix was almost 80 <br />
degrees and she left her children at risk for serious injury or death of <br />
heatstroke or even abduction.
The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners (BOC) recently signed a Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), five years after an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) audit of county facilities.