LAFAYETTE, La. - Nov. 12, 2014 // PRNewswire // - With the start of winter just around the corner, safety thoughts turn to keeping warm and driving safely in wintry conditions. However, as temperatures drop, the growing concern of parents leaving children in locked cars – normally associated with the summer heat – becomes just as serious an issue in the freezing winter months. Pop-A-Lock, the country's largest security company, wants parents and caregivers to be informed about the extreme, and some times fatal, dangers of locking a child in a vehicle accidentally during frigid winter temperatures through their free PALSavesKids program that aims to prevent vehicular hypothermia.
Even though children may not be directly exposed to the snow and wind chill, they are still at risk for hypothermia if left in unattended vehicles. The following are some facts about the severity of leaving children in locked vehicles and the quick onset of hypothermia:
Pop-A-Lock will focus on the dangers of leaving children in unattended vehicles and educate caregivers about the company's PALSavesKids Program through interaction with customers, distributing educational materials to organizations supporting caregivers and children, and through social media. Aimed to support local police and firefighters, the program educates parents to first call 9-1-1 and then call 1-800-Pop-A-Lock. The Pop-A-Lock technician nearest to the scene will leave all other priorities aside to arrive as soon as possible to unlock the child from the automobile. This free community service program was originally launched in 1991 and since then has saved over 350,000 children.
To prevent vehicular hypothermia from occurring, the PALSavesKids program includes a call-to-action: "PALSaves 1-2-3." The "1-2-3" reminds caregivers to "look before you lock" by: 1-stopping; 2-looking; and then 3-locking.
PALSavesKids' mascot, PAL Super Dog, is a gentle reminder to caregivers to always look in the backseat before leaving the vehicle. Specific recommendations to prevent locking children in automobiles include:
"We launched this program in 1991 to educate caregivers about the severe dangers of leaving children in unattended vehicles or mistakenly locking a child in an automobile," said Don Marks, CEO of Pop-A-Lock. "By using our expertise in the security industry, we are able to quickly and efficiently remove children from harm. This program provides our franchise with the opportunity to thank the communities that have supported our business for so many years."
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Pop-A-Lock™ is the most trusted team of security professionals in the nation. It was founded in 1991, in Lafayette, Louisiana by two law enforcement officials who recognized the need for security services in their area. Since then, the company has grown to serve 8,500 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. All Pop-A-Lock technicians are trained in the latest technology and have cleared background and drug tests. Look for our technicians in their easy to identify orange and black uniforms and vehicles. http://www.popalock.com/