SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Now that most  children have finished school, it is important to remind all our parents and guardians about the dangers of leaving young children and pets in cars during the summer months. 

More than 600 U.S. children have died that way since 1990, according to the nonprofit safety group Kids and Cars.  Several tragic events occurred this spring when toddlers were left in a car for a short time and when the parent came back, the child was unconscious and later died.  A closed car is a death trap and can easily heat up to 140 degrees when it is in the summer sun.  

Kids can also get into unlocked cars without any adult knowing it happened. Within minutes, they can be in danger. So please remember to NEVER leave a child in a closed car.  Not even for a minute.  For pets, if you have to, leave windows open so some air can keep the car cooler and don’t forget water.

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The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad welcomes new members as well as those interested in contributing time and talent to support the organization.  Individuals can apply for membership at eighteen years of age or serve as a cadet at age sixteen. Those ages fourteen or older can serve on the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Auxiliary.  For more information about becoming a Scotch Plains EMT, auxiliary member, volunteer, or to make a donation, contact scotchplainsrescuesquad@gmail.com or call (908) 322-2103 any week night between 6:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. 

The rescue squad also has many services available for those in the community with need. Hospital equipment, such as wheelchairs, canes and crutches are available for use, free of charge. The rescue squad relies on ongoing community support. These contributions enable the squad to fulfill their motto, Neighbors Helping Neighbors. We Work For Pride Not Pay. The squad looks forward to continued growth with the township of Scotch Plains as they faithfully serve those who call for help.