“If you just think I'm running in just for a second to pick up one thing you are putting your family at risk”, says Janet Brooks, the Child Advocacy Manager at Primary Children’s Medical Center.
To prove that point at the Spot the Tot campaign today officials put a sheet of cookies inside a car and let them bake away. An all time favorite calling attention to a serious problem.
“Unified Fire Authority tells us that in a summer they'll have a thousand calls of children being left alone in a car”, says Brooks
The Spot the Tot program goes beyond the dangers of a hot car. Demonstrations at Macey's in West Jordan also taught drivers how to prevent running over children in parking lots and drive ways. A message that has parents and grand parents thinking twice.
“I probably should turn around and walk around the back of the car, I don't always do that, but just like to be aware of where they are”, says Amy Spangler.
But in addition to thinking about your own children, officials are encouraging you to watch for others and act.
“Don't hesitate to call for help, 911 has given us ok to contact them if it looks like a child is at risk”, says Brooks.