Pop-A-Lock of Honolulu saves children locked in automobiles, educates parents

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Locking an infant or child in an automobile is a parent's worst nightmare, but one organization is looking to assist in those scenarios and educate parents along the way.

Part of the Honolulu Emergency Door Unlocking Program (EDU), Pop-A-Lock aims to support local police and firefighters in the efforts to unlock children in cars.

The free program educates parents to first call 911, and then call 1-800-Pop-A-Lock.

Following the call, a Pop-A-Lock technician will arrive to the scene as soon as possible. In most cases, a technician will arrive within 10 minutes of the initial call.

So far, the program has saved over 250,000 children from locked vehicles nationwide.

"There is nothing more important than rescuing a child from a locked car, " co-owner of Pop-A-Lock of Honolulu Jack Walker said. "...What many people do not realize, is that the temperature inside a locked car can change quickly and dramatically within a very short amount of time. So, one must respond just as quickly as if it were any other type of emergency."

For more information about Pop-A-Lock's EDU program, click HERE.

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