HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 24, 2016
HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania State Police and Department of Health would like to remind parents and caregivers of the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles.
Leaving a young child alone in a vehicle during warm weather is not only dangerous, but it also could be illegal. Pennsylvania law makes it illegal for a person to leave a child under the age of six unattended in a motor vehicle that is out of that person's sight and endangers the health, safety, or welfare of a child. It is a separate offense for each child left in the vehicle.
In addition, Pennsylvania law prohibits the endangerment of children by guardians who knowingly endanger the welfare of a child by violating their duty of care, protection or support. Guardians could face fines or jail time for child endangerment.
"Children should never be left unattended in a car, and the recent high temperatures have greatly increased many of the pre-existing potential dangers," said Secretary of Health Karen Murphy. "The Department of Health asks parents and guardians to always supervise a child or infant who is in a vehicle. Just one careless mistake with a child in a high temperature situation could prove fatal."
Additionally, facts relating to the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles on hot days are below:
MEDIA CONTACTS: Cpl. Adam Reed, PSP, 717-783-5556 or Penny Ickes, DOH, 717-787-1783
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health; Pennsylvania State PolicePR Newswire
Last updated on: 24/08/2016
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