Children and Cars: A Deadly Warm Weather Combination

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As the temperatures begin to go up, sadly so do the number of children who die after being left inside hot vehicles.  It’s so easy to leave a sleeping child in the car while you run into the store or the bank to run a quick errand.  The problem is that even with the windows “cracked” the inside of your car will heat up quickly. According to SafeKids Worldwide, a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adults. Nationwide, hyperthermia inside hot vehicles claims, on average, 38 young lives every year in the United States. On April 16, 2014, a baby boy died in San Jose after being left in the car. That is one too many for this year.

You may think that this could never happen to you. That you could never be so careless as to leave your baby/child in the car. You may wonder, what kind of a person could let this happen?  We are all busy with work and home, in addition to that we can add a sleepless night because of a sick child or family member, stress at work, stress at home, the list can go on. Ask yourself this question. Have I ever driven from point A to point Z and not remembered the drive? I don’t remember turning left on Main Street, or stopping at the red light on 2nd Street. But I must have. I arrived at my destination safely, didn’t I? Scary isn’t it? If you haven’t had this experience, you are fortunate. If you have, it might help put into perspective how busy our lives are and how these tragedies can and do occur.

Here are some safety tips to help you keep your children safe:

  • NEVER LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN A VEHICLE.  NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE !
  • IF YOU SEE A CHILD ALONE IN A HOT VEHICLE CALL 9-1-1.
  • Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies.
  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices.  IF A CHILD IS MISSING, ALWAYS CHECK THE POOL FIRST, AND THEN THE CAR, INCLUDING THE TRUNK. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • Make reminders for yourself: Keep a stuffed animal in the carseat and when the child is put in the seat, place the animal in the front with the driver; place your purse or briefcase in the back seat; place a reminder on your cell phone
  • Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
  • Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for daycare/school. Make sure that they have a good number where they can reach you at ANY time.

For more information on this topic visit the following links:

 http://www.ggweather.com/heat/#home

http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke

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