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Heat Awareness Day Aims to Prevent Child Vehicular Heatstroke

July 30, 2014
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Every year, dozens of children lose their lives to heatstroke. In many instances, a child is unintentionally left behind in a caregiver's car. The temperature inside the vehicle can rise to an unbearable degree in mere minutes. Even on mild days and with windows slightly open, temperatures inside a vehicle can be deadly.

Did you know...

  • Forgotten child care drop off is the number one source of child vehicular heatstroke
  • The most common factor associated with parents who forgot a child in the backseat of a car is a change in routine. An absence verification plan with your child care provider could save your child's life.
  • Thirty percent of children who died in a hot car gained access to an unlocked vehicle
  • Creating simple habits, like keeping your cell phone in your car's backseat, are an effective way of ensuring a quiet child is never forgotten in your car

Child vehicular heatstroke is the leading non-traffic, non-crash cause of death for children. Heat Awareness Day is July 31, 2014. This day serves to remind families and child care providers to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute. Remember to teach children not to play in or around cars, where a children could accidently trap themselves inside a vehicle. Always lock your car doors and trunks, even at home, and keep keys out of children's reach. And always make sure all children are out of the car when you reach your destination and if you see a child alone in a car, call 911 immediately.

For more information on heatstroke and tips for prevention, watch our archived heat safety webinar or visit www.safekids.org.