It’s hard to turn on the news these days without hearing about some poor child or animal left in a locked car on a hot day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one child on average dies from Heatstroke every ten days.
Just this year, 11 children have already died of heatstroke. In the average year, heatstroke is responsible for ending 38 young lives. These deaths are tragic and completely preventable. The NHSTA has named July 31st National Heatstroke Prevention Day, and is inviting us all to take part in raising awareness. You can do this by sharing messages on social media using the hashtags #heatstroke, #heatstrokekills, and #checkforbaby.
According to SafeKids.org, heatstroke can kill in just minutes. This is even faster for children, whose smaller bodies heat up three to five times as quickly as adults’. On a cloudy day, it only takes ten minutes for a car’s temperature to rise by 20 degrees. Once that temperature reaches 107 degrees, it can be deadly. You can imagine how quickly that happens on a hot day like today.
The NHSTA and SafeKids.org recommend that you ACT to prevent a summertime tragedy:
A – Avoid leaving your child alone in a car — even if it’s only for a minute. Always lock your car when no one is inside, even when parked, so that your kids can’t get back in to play inside.
C – Create reminders to check the backseat before you get out of the car. It may seem strange, but sometimes when our schedules are thrown off you can forget that a sleeping child is in the car with you. Try leaving something like a purse, briefcase, or cell phone in the backseat that you’ll have to look for when you arrive at your destination.
T – Take action. Be sure to call 911 immediately if you see a child or pet left alone in a car. Remember how quickly tragedy can strike — don’t wait for the parent to return before calling.
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