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Hot, Hot Car

As the warmer days are upon us, we are reminded once again of the dangers of leaving children in a parked vehicle.  On May 3, a seven month old died in the Sugar Land area of Texas after he was left in a parked vehicle.

On average, 38 children die each year in hot cars, reports show. The numbers typically begin to climb in May, with an average of three deaths per month. They spike in July and August, when nine deaths, on average, are recorded, the figures show.

According to the website,  in 2011 there were 33 reported cases of child vehicular heat stroke deaths. Read the fact sheet here.

It is important to note that a child’s internal body temperature rises at a much faster pace than an adult. Further, the temperature drastically rises in a parked car, even with the windows cracked, in minutes.

Life with children can be hectic and as parents, we are always trying to fit one more errand or one more thing into our schedules. Distraction, can often times lead to a child being left in the car.

Some important safety tips offered by

-          Never  leave children alone in or around cars

-          Put something you’ll need in the backseat so that you will be forced to look in the back there before exiting the vehicle.

-          Get in the habit of always looking in the back seat when reaching a destination.

-          Keep vehicles locked at all times so kids cannot climb in and inadvertently get stuck

-          When a child is missing, check vehicles and trucks immediately.

-          Use drive thru services when available.

This entry was posted in Child Safety & Injury.