Summer heat dangerous to children left in cars

Thursday, May 16, 2019
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It appears warmer weather may be here to stay and aren’t we all glad for that? While I’m certainly not looking forward to hot weather in the 90’s and 100’s, the recent warmer days and cool nights have been very pleasant.

With those warmer temps we are inching closer to the beginning of the quilt show. There has been a bit of a change in the dates for this event. The viewing of the quilts will actually start on Monday, June 3. So for those who still want to enter a quilt in the show you actually have another week to get it done.

Remember quilts must be turned in no later than May 29th and absolutely no late entries can be accepted. The entry forms are at the Big Horn County Library, so if you’re interested be sure to come in and pick one up.

The Children’s Summer Reading program is still being planned out and we are getting closer to firming up the plans for that. Angie is looking forward to a fun-filled summer of activity with the theme “A Universe of Stories.”

With all the talk of summer activities and warmer weather I would like to take a minute to remind everyone of the dangers the hot weather can produce. Our parking lot is completely exposed to the sun all day and a locked car with the windows up will quickly became dangerously hot inside.

Please do not, under any circumstances, leave your child in the car while you come in to check out videos “real quick.” With everything on TV and social media about how dangerous a thing this is, every summer we find children sleeping in car seats inside a locked car while their parents are inside the building.

After I brought this up to a parent who was looking for movies while the kids were in the car, the person looked at me with all seriousness and said, “It’s okay, the doors are locked and they’re asleep.”

It’s not okay, it’s dangerous, and it’s illegal. Please be assured as well that the employees of the Big Horn County Library will always take the action we feel is most appropriate to protect the safety of our patrons and that includes the young children who are left in cars in our parking lot.

We wish everyone a very safe month of May.

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