With the onslaught of extreme heat and sweltering weather conditions across the country, we thought it would be prudent to readdress some of the facts about child related heat stroke in automobiles. Unfortunately, Summer is a deadly season for child-related heat stroke. Our friends at KidsAndCars.org have posted some great content pertaining to this tragic topic. As we've done in previous blogs, we wanted to take a moment to pass along some of the more critical information provided by our content partners in an effort to keep you and your family safe during these excessive heat-related weather conditions.
Did You Know ... On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles?
Did You Know ... A child's body temperature rises 3 to 5 times faster than an adult's? Even with the windows partially down, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 125 degrees in just minutes. LEAVING WINDOWS OPEN SLIGHTLY DOES NOT SIGNIFICANTLY SLOW THE HEATING PROCESS DOWN OR DECREASE THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE ATTAINED.
Heat Stroke Related Car Safety Tips from KidsAndCars.org:
- Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
- Put something you'll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, etc., on the floor board in the back seat.
- Get in the habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to make sure no child has been left behind. This will soon become a habit. We call this the "Look Before You Lock" campaign.
- Keep a large stuffed animal in the child's car seat when it's not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It's a visual reminder that anytime the stuffed animal is up front you know the child is in the back seat in a child safety seat.
- Make arrangements with your child's day care center or babysitter that you will always call if your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled.
- Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway and always set your parking brake.
- Keys and/or remote openers should never be left within reach of children.
- Make sure all child passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked.
- When a child is missing, check vehicles and car trunks immediately.
- If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. If they are hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
- Be especially careful about keeping children safe in and around cars during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays.
- Use drive‐thru services when available. (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.)
- Use your debit or credit card to pay for gas at the pump.
*Photo courtesy of KidsAndCars.org
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