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Never leave your child alone in the car

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Following the recent tragic news of a four-year-old girl's death after being left in a car for several hours, we decided to publish this post as a fierce reminder for all parents and caretakers in Qatar.

Just DON't leave you kids in the car alone

Parents, please DO NOT leave your children alone in parked cars under any circumstances. It is summer now and in this kind of weather children are more vulnerable to heat stroke and heat exhaustion even if your vehicle's air-condition is turned on.

Some parents don't realize that you could get heat exhaustion or heat stroke faster in a car than if you were sitting outside in the sun due to the lack of ventilation.

Your child could suffocate and die if left alone in the car

If you're running errands with your child(ren) in the vehicle, always take your children with you if you have to step outside your vehicle.

According to some studies, carbon-monoxide from the car exhaust can come in through the air-conditioner vents and long hours in the vehicle without natural ventilation means your child could suffocate and die from carbon-monoxide poisoning.

Children under four years are at higher risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion

Take action immediately

Now that you know your car heats up faster than you think, help reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT.

A: Avoid leaving your child in the car, even for a single minute.

C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, wallet, or a cellphone that you will need at your destination.

T: Take acion immediately if you see a child alone in the car. Call 999 if you have to.

Take note of the above and save your own children's lives. Share this with a parent you know.

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