The Safe Kids Georgia team and a few of our co-workers from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta were happy to attend and support the press conference today at the State Capitol discussing the “Look Again” Campaign urging greater awareness to protect Georgia’s youngest citizens.

For the fourth consecutive year, Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Sandra Deal, and leaders of several state agencies are calling for families and caregivers of children to have a heightened awareness of the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles. The hope is that a news conference held today at the State Capitol and a new public service announcement will help prevent heatstroke deaths of children this summer.

“Since 2010, 13 children in Georgia have died due to vehicular heatstroke,” said Governor Deal. “I ask all Georgians to join me in preventing future loss of life by being aware of your surroundings and never leaving a child in a car, even for just a minute. Lives can be saved if we all just take the time to Look Again.”

The message is simple: When you arrive at your destination, check the front and back of your car, and after you’ve looked, just to be sure, Look Again.

A public service announcement video can be found on YouTube at http://bit.ly/2rQN7he and on DECAL’s website (www.decal.ga.gov).

 

Officials also ask the public to be their eyes and ears in the community, and if they see a child left alone in a vehicle, call 911 immediately; emergency personnel are trained to respond. Agencies participating in the campaign include DECAL; Georgia Department of Public Health; Georgia Department of Human Services; Georgia Department of Public Safety; Georgia State Patrol; Governor’s Office of Highway Safety; Georgia Department of Transportation; and the Georgia Children’s Cabinet. Supporting partners included Safe Kids Georgia, Emory Center for Injury Control, Get Georgia Reading Campaign, Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Georgia Child Care Association (GCCA), Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), Georgia Family Connection Partnership, and Voices for Georgia’s Children.

 

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