MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Summer fun is waiting on your family, but you have to get there first.
Registered nurse Karen Ivey is the coordinator of Huntsville's "Safe Kids."
"On your vacation check list should always be a maintenance of the car. Make sure the car is in good working order," said Ivey.
She said that includes the air conditioner.
"Before you leave for vacation make sure all your car seats are installed properly and when you're traveling, make sure every child is buckled in every time," said Ivey. "If you're taking a short little trip down the road, you still want to make sure you buckle the children in every time."
And don't have a small child in the front seat with an armed airbag. Keep all children in the back seat, if possible.
"There is a temptation if you're going to run into a store, and run right back out, not to take your child with you, but never leave a child alone in a car," she said. "The temperature in a car can rise 20 degrees within 10 minutes, and heat stroke is when the body hits a temperature of 104 degrees."
She said children are more susceptible because they don't disperse heat like adults. She said if you ever see a child, alone in a car, call 911 immediately.
With hot temperatures, children can dehydrate easily, so keep cool water in the car, but keep it secured.
"Your cell phones, coolers, toys, cameras, things like that can become projectiles in the event of a crash. They're also heavier during a crash than they are normally because they have that force behind them."