Purple Ribbon Month: Officials warns of dangers of cars around kids

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The Kern County Department of Human Services put on a safety demonstration Thursday to recognize Purple Ribbon Month.

August is Purple Ribbon Month in memory of children who have lost their lives to preventable injuries in and around cars, and in order to educate and increase public awareness about all of the dangers of leaving children unattended in or around motor vehicles.
Authorities say one of the biggest threats is when kids are left alone in hot cars. And it doesn't take long. Heidi Carter Escudero of the Kern County Department of Human Services said a few minutes is all it takes for cars to reach deadly temperatures.
"It's 80 degrees in Bakersfield, and you saw we put the thermometer into the car, and just 20 minutes later, the thermometer was registering 120 degrees, and that's as far as it'll read,” she said.
But, heatstroke is not the only way a car can threaten a child's safety.
Cars get stolen, children can strangle themselves with power windows, or as the demonstration showed, drivers can easily run over children while backing up.
California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Rodriguez said time is of the essence when it comes to saving a child's life.         
"If you see a child may be unresponsive, and is locked in a vehicle, immediately call 911. it’s important that you get us involved so we can immediately get there as quick as we can,” the officer said.
The Department of Human Services has a schedule of events planned throughout the month to continue promoting Purple Ribbon Month.