Tips On Keeping Kids Safe And Preventing Vehicular Heat Stroke Deaths

Tips On Keeping Kids Safe And Preventing Vehicular Heat Stroke Deaths


Temperatures are on the rise and it’s important to remember the dangers of leaving children in a hot car. According to child safety organization Kids and Cars, since 1998 through to the end of May 2011, 500 children have died as a result of being unintentionally left in a hot car.

And even though public awareness of this issue is still high, it’s surprising to learn that in 2010, 49 children died from vehicular heat stroke – that’s the highest number of deaths in one year since data has been recorded. Perhaps it’s because all it takes is the slightest change in routine, a poor night’s sleep or a tough day at the office to set this tragic wheel in motion.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the summer to help keep kids safe:

•           Even if it’s only for a minute, never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.

•           When you unload your car, double check to make sure that everyone is out. And always use your key to lock the door – it will force you to look in the car before you leave it.

•           While away from your car, always lock it and keep keys and remotes away from children.

•           When a child is in the back seat, keep a stuffed animal in the front passenger seat as a reminder.

•           Put something important, such as a purse, cell phone of briefcase, in the backseat. That way, you’ll always have to check back there before you leave your car.

•           If you drop your child off at daycare, be sure to have them call you if your child does not show up.

•           If you see a child alone in a car on a warm day, call 911.

[Source: Consumer Reports]