- The Washington Times - Monday, July 13, 2015

Superstar singer Carrie Underwood is being praised for her fast reaction — and her word-to-the-wise tweets — about the rescue of her baby and dogs who became locked in her vehicle.

On July 11, Ms. Underwood tweeted, “When your dogs manage to lock themselves, all your stuff & the baby in the car & you have to break a window to get in… #WhatAreTheChances.”

She later clarified on Twitter that her brother-in-law did the window-breaking to make sure Ms. Underwood’s 4-month-old son, Isaiah, was safe, as well as the rambunctious dogs.

Ms. Underwood and husband and National Hockey League pro Mike Fisher celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in July, said People magazine, which reported the incident Saturday. The magazine ran an Instagram photo from March showing the couple’s newborn holding a little hockey stick.

Janette Fennell, president and founder of KidsAndCars.org, which tracks hot-car and other vehicular accidents and tragedies with children, praised Ms. Underwood Monday.

“This new Mom not only took all the right steps to keep everyone safe, but then went above and beyond by tweeting what had just happened to her 4.6 million followers,” said Ms. Fennell.

Educating and informing others about the right steps to take when children and/or animals become locked in a vehicle is helpful to anyone faced with a similar situation, she said.

KidsAndCars.org works with allies to warn parents about leaving children, especially sleeping infants, in cars, as they quickly become ovens in sunshine.

When outside temperatures are in the low 80’s, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes, even with the windows rolled down 1-2 inches. Children’s bodies overheat 3-5 times faster than an adult, the group says.

 KidsAndCars.org recommends that if someone spots a child in a locked car, they should not wait for the driver to return. They should call 911, and if the child is not responsive or crying, get the child out of the car using whatever means are necessary. Spray the child with cool water.

Then stay with the child until help arrives, and have someone else search for the driver or ask the facility to page them.

According to the group’s tally as of June 22, eight children have perished in hot cars in 2015. In 2014, some 32 children died of heat stroke in vehicles.

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