ALBANY, Ga. -- Several agencies in Georgia are teaming up to alleviate heat stroke incidents in children that result from them being left unattended in vehicles.
As part of this effort, a webinar is set to take place at 9 a.m. Friday as part of the "Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car" campaign.
Officials say that, as outside temperatures rise, the chances of a child's well-being becoming compromised from being left alone in a car also rise. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Department of Human Services, Georgia State Patrol, Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Safe Kids Georgia, Emory Center for Injury Control and Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Pediatrics are among the agencies teaming up in support of the cause.
The webinar will precede a news conference to be held on the same topic Friday afternoon at the Capitol Parking Deck in Atlanta.
The webinar, officials from the Department of Early Care and Learning said, is being designed to educate, inform and bring together national, state and local coalitions, agencies, child care providers and parent advocates.
During the course of the webinar, Safe Kids Worldwide is expected to give an overview of the 2013 heat stroke campaign as well as provide tools to activate a local, state or regional campaign, ideas on how to raise public awareness, a "new" social media plan, ways to keep the message going throughout the hot weather season and ideas on how to incorporate child care providers and non-traditional partners into the initiative.
Data available from Safe Kids Worldwide shows that heat stroke deaths have been recorded in 11 months out of the year in nearly all 50 states, with more than half of those deaths resulting from a distracted caregiver leaving a child in their vehicle.
A child's body heats up three to five times faster than an adult's body, which is why officials continue to advise adults to never leave a child unattended in a car, to be sure their vehicle's doors and trunks are locked and to call 911 if they spot a child alone in a car.
Those using a personal computer to access the webinar are required to have Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server. Attendees utilizing a Mac should have a Mac OSX 10.6 or newer, and mobile attendees should have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone or an Android tablet.
Those wishing to register for the webinar are encouraged to go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/709550234.