To most of us, the arrival of summer’s warmer days means a change of seasons and happier times ahead: barbeques, swimming, the beach and vacations. What most of us do not think of as summer approaches is the dark side of warm weather: pets and children being left in hot cars, usually with fatal results.
That’s what happened to 11-year old Bishop Curry’s young neighbor, and that’s what got Bishop thinking about how this senseless tragedy could be avoided. Now, he’s come up with a promising solution.
Bishop Curry is not your average grade-schooler. Curious and driven, Bishop likes to invent things. Some of these things are for fun like a catapult and a ping pong ball cannon, but some of his inventions are more practical like figuring out how to melt ice and snow on winter roads without using salt. “Bishop is a 5th grader who is fascinated with making things,” his father says. So thank goodness he’s turned his attention to a matter of life and death!
As of July 31st of this year, 29 children have died from heatstroke after being left in a hot car – a sad and worrisome record. According to CNN, 11 of those 29 deaths occurred within one week. It was after Bishop’s 6-month-old neighbor, a baby girl named Fern, became part of that statistic that Bishop got to work creating an invention that would prevent hot car deaths.