Summer Safety: What You Need to Know About Child Vehicular Heat Stroke
Lifestyle In the past 20 years, more than 670 American children have died of heat stroke after being left or getting into a vehicle on their own.
The worst mistake anyone can make is to think that this could never happen to them.
It can happen to you
After experiencing the most unthinkable tragedy one could endure, the parents we work with are the first ones to admit that they never thought this could happen to them. These same parents have every safety device available, and love and cherish their children.
In 90 percent of children’s hot-car-related deaths the parents are pillars of their community. And they come from all walks of life: a minister, doctor, college professor, construction worker, stay-at-home parents, hospital workers, even a rocket scientist.
Where it starts
Lack of sleep or a minor change in the daily routine can throw anyone's life off course. Studies confirm that you cannot assume your memory will never fail, even when it involves your precious child.
"Children are particularly vulnerable to heatstroke, since a child’s body temperature rises 3-5 times faster than an adult’s."
Laws require putting your baby in a rear-facing car seat in the backseat. These laws have saved the lives of thousands of children in car crashes. Yet the correlation between the rise in heatstroke deaths with the mid-1990s move to put children in the backseat is striking.
Look before you lock
Children are particularly vulnerable to heatstroke, since a child’s body temperature rises 3-5 times faster than an adult’s. Combine this with the fact that temperatures in a car can rise very quickly, even with the windows cracked, and there can be deadly consequences in a matter of minutes.
Make sure your child is never left behind in a car:
Put something in the backseat to remind you to open the back door every time you park, such as a cell phone, employee badge, handbag, etc.
Ask your childcare provider to call if your child hasn’t arrived as scheduled
Make sure children cannot get into cars:
Always keep vehicles locked
Keep keys and remote openers out of reach of children
If a child is missing, immediately check the inside and trunk of all vehicles in the area very carefully