Child Heatstroke Warning
In the few minutes it may take to run a simple errand, the temperature of an enclosed vehicle can reach deadly levels, even on a mild day. So, a child left in an unattended car can be at risk for health dangers or even death.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants you to be aware of the dangers of Child Heatstroke during the summer season. According to statistics, so far in 2014, at least a dozen young children have died due to heatstroke after being left in a motor vehicle. And, even on an 80 degree day, the inside of a car can reach dangerously high levels within the first 10 minutes. And that’s why officials with the NHTSA say parents need to be vigorous in their attention to their children when they are in the car with them. Research also proves that children’s body temperatures can rise up to five times faster than that of an adult’s and heatstrokes can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees.
Kate Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide says children’s bodies are vulnerable and are should not have prolonged exposure to high heat.
Authorities say parents should follow a simple reminder to keep a tragedy from taking place. The reminder term is ACT. A – Avoid leaving the child alone in the car . C – Create a Reminder that the child is in the car with you. And T – Take action. Authorities also say that the quick action you take can mean the difference between life and death. Michael Gerber of the Virginia EMS is all too aware of what can happen in extreme heat and he shares some warning signs of Child Heatstroke.
Officials urge you to be accountable, responsible, and responsive towards children in danger. They say that if you’re a bystander and you see a child in need of help; do all you can to assist. Not only is it the right thing to do…but it may keep you from getting in trouble with authorities. There a few tips parents can follow to avoid the horror of child heatstroke from vehicles. First, never leave infants or young children unattended in a vehicle. Second, you may want to place your purse, briefcase, or other items in the back seat so that you have to check the backseat before you leave the vehicle. And third, if you see a child unattended in a hot car, call 9-1-1, and get the child out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.