Women's & Children's Hospital and Pop-A-Lock (PAL) announced an exclusive partnership in support of North America’s largest locksmith network’s PAL Saves Kids program, a joint public safety initiative focused on reducing, and hopefully someday, eliminating these tragic deaths in Acadiana.

The program’s intent is to provide immediate, free assistance to any child found unattended in a locked vehicle. Here’s how it works. Anyone who notices a child in an unattended, locked vehicle is encouraged to call 911 first, then call (337) 347-9926. A Pop-A-Lock technician will respond and unlock the vehicle at no charge.

“We have been the leader in providing quality healthcare services to meet the specific needs of women and children in Acadiana for more than 30 years. When Pop-A-Lock approached us to be the sole area hospital sponsor for PAL Saves Kids, it was a natural fit,” said John Marker, Chief Nursing Officer for Women's & Children's Hospital. “Even one death is too many. We are happy to do anything we can to reverse this trend and eliminate these tragic events in our community.”

Pop-A-Lock has vehicle locksmith franchises in 8,500 communities across North America. To date, the Lafayette-based company has rescued more than 350,000 children locked in unattended vehicles, according to Donald Marks, Pop-A-Lock Chief Executive Officer.

Women's & Children's Hospital is proud to support this child safety program, because one death is too many. Please take part in this program and if you see a child unattended in a locked in a car first call 911, then 1-800-POP-A-LOCK.

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