Since 1998, more than 700 children nationwide have died from heatstroke while left unattended in vehicles. Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness provides safety information for parents and families to help prevent child heatstroke in cars.
Ever wonder how a child can be left in the car? You’d be surprised:
Young children are particularly at risk for heatstroke since their body’s heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. It only takes 10 minutes for the temperature inside a vehicle to rise 20 degrees — 80% of the total heat rise occurs in the first 30 minutes. If a child is left inside a hot car for even a few minutes, the consequences can be deadly. It doesn’t have to be summer for a hot car-related injury or death; the inside of a car can get up to 50 degrees higher than the outside temperature.
A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving a child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Keep your car locked when you’re not inside so kids don’t get in on their own.
C: Create reminders. Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Or place and secure your phone, briefcase or purse in the back seat when traveling with your child.
T: Take action if you see a child alone in a car by calling 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.