National Heatstroke Prevention Day reminds parents to “look before you lock”

, Corpus ChristiPublished 1:05 p.m. CT April 11, 2018 | Updated 4:44 p.m. CT April 11, 2018

Hundreds of infants and toddlers have died after accidentally being left in the car. This simple trick could help you never forget that your child is in the back seat. VPC

Forty-three children died in the U.S. from heatstrokes after being left inside hot vehicles last year, according safety organization Kids and Cars.

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare.

Incidents include parents or caregivers forgetting a child in a vehicle, children playing in a car unattended or even being left in the vehicle intentionally.

On April 11, National Heatstroke Prevention Day, organizations and local law enforcement are making efforts to remind parents to check their vehicles before locking them.

The Corpus Christi Police Department also urges anyone who sees a child left by themselves in a vehicle to take action.

“If they see a child alone in a car, they need to call us,” Senior Officer Travis Pace said. “You can’t leave your child in a car.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child left in a hot car can die of heat stroke very quickly. Its website provides facts about hot cars and keeping kids safe.

  • Heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in children under 15.
  • Heat stroke can happen when the body is not able to cool itself quickly enough.
  • A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s does.
  • When left in a hot car, a child’s major organs begin to shut down when their body temperature reaches 104 degrees.
  • A child can die when his body temperature reaches 107.
  • Cars heat up quickly! In just 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees F.
  • Cracking a window and/or air conditioning does little to keep it cool once the car is turned off.
  • Heat stroke can happen when the outside temperature is as low as 57 degrees.

NoHeatStroke.org advises parents to make a “look before you leave” routine when getting out of a vehicle. Here are some tips on preventing children being left in vehicles:

  • Lock your vehicle. Ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. Children should be taught that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • Remember to check the back seats. 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. You can also place your purse, briefcase or cell phone in the back seat as a reminder.
  • Have a plan.  Have your childcare provider call you if your child does not show up for school.
  • Check on the child. If someone else is driving your child or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely.

https://www.caller.com/story/news/2018/04/11/national-heatstroke-prevention-day-reminds-parents-look-before-you-lock/506758002/

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 4:02 pm in category Heat Stroke, Latest News, Uncategorized