WATCH: Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Florida Ag Commissioner Wilton Simpson Announce Heatstroke Prevention Initiative
By Space Coast Daily // August 12, 2023
Florida currently leads the nation in child vehicular heatstroke fatalities
WATCH: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson held a press conference in Titusville to stress the importance of parents and caregivers’ role in preventing vehicular heatstroke fatalities. (Florida Ag video)
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson held a press conference in Titusville on Friday to stress the importance of parents and caregivers’ role in preventing vehicular heatstroke fatalities.
Florida currently leads the nation in child vehicular heatstroke fatalities.
To further drive home the critical message of never leaving children or pets inside a hot vehicle, Commissioner Simpson announced that every fuel pump across the state will be outfitted with a new inspection sticker featuring the safety messaging.
“I want to thank Commissioner Simpson for championing this great idea. If you show me a problem in society, I’ll show you where education and awareness are part of the solution,” said Sheriff Ivey.
“This is an education and awareness campaign sponsored by the Commissioner of Agriculture to remind parents and pet owners to not leave their children or pets in a hot car. Don’t leave them unattended – in a split second something could go wrong.”
Never leave children, vulnerable adults, or pets unattended in a vehicle – even for a short period of time.
“With daily routines changing for children heading back to school coupled with the still very present summer heat, it is imperative for parents and caregivers to be vigilant to protect their precious cargo,” said Commissioner Wilton Simpson.
“Our FDACS inspectors work hard each day to ensure that fuel pumps are working safely and properly for consumers across our state, which is visibly present every time you visit a gas pump and see the ‘Inspected and Approved for Accuracy’ sticker. I am proud to add this important safety message to the nearly 75,000 fuel inspection stickers across Florida to protect the vulnerable.”
Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention:
■ Never leave children, vulnerable adults, or pets unattended in a vehicle – even for a short period of time.
■ If you see a child, vulnerable adult, or pet locked in a hot car, take immediate action by calling 911.
■ Always check the back seat before leaving and locking your vehicle.
■ Florida law, section 768.139, Florida Statutes, provides for the rescue of a vulnerable person or domestic animal from a motor vehicle. These good Samaritans may have immunity for damage to the motor vehicle if:
• The vehicle is locked and there is no other reasonable way the person or animal to get out.
• Has reasonable belief based upon the circumstances that entry is necessary because the person or animal is in imminent danger.
• Notifies law enforcement or calls 911 prior to or immediately after entering the vehicle.
• Uses no more force than is necessary.
• Remains with the person or animal until law enforcement or other first responder arrives.
For more information about Commissioner Simpson and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit FDACS.gov.