Where’s Baby? Look before you lock.
Never leave your child alone in a car!
Did you know that heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children? According to Safe Kids USA, on average every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle.
These deaths are preventable!
Many caregivers do not realize that a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s. It only takes a few short minutes before a child can become overheated. Heat stroke happens when the body cannot cool itself fast enough and the core temperature rises to dangerous levels. In a vehicle, temperatures can exceed 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes on an 80 degree day, which can be fatal. Cracking the window does nothing to reduce the temperature inside a car left in the sun.
Angel Ross, Trauma Program Coordinator with CaroMont Health Trauma Services in Gastonia said that many of these deaths are because parents forgot their children were in the vehicle. There are many things you can do to remind yourself that your child is in the car including putting your child’s picture on your rearview mirror.
“Pay close attention and always check the backseat,” she said.
Top Tips for Preventing Hyperthermia (According to Safe Kids USA).
Want to learn more about the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties?
The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties is your local Smart Start agency.
You can reach us at 704-922-0900 or visit us online at www.pfclg.com. Our vision is a community where young children will reach their health and educational potential.
Amy Wadsworth is Public Information Coordinator for the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties.