July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day
Nothing is more heartbreaking than hearing about the death of a child accidentally left in a hot car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a child dies from heatstroke about once every 10 days from being left alone in a hot vehicle. In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatality for kids 14 and younger.
All day on Friday, July 31, 2015, AskPatty will be joining NHTSA in a national day-long social media campaign to share messages with the hashtags #heatstroke #heatstrokekills #checkforbaby to raise awareness of the dangers of heatstroke. As of July 27, 11 children have died so far this year as a result of vehicular heatstroke, according to KidsandCars.org. More than 30 died in 2014, and more than 40 died in 2013; sadly these tragedies are 100% preventable. Please watch our Twitter and Facebook feeds to share these messages yourself.
“We don’t want to see this tragedy happen to any family,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “We’re asking everyone to help protect kids from this very preventable tragedy by spreading the word on National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Whether you’re a parent, caregiver, or a concerned bystander, you can help save lives.”
Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle can lead to heatstroke and can kill in just minutes. According to SafeKids.org, children are at great risk for heatstroke because a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s. When the internal body temperature reaches 104 degrees, children’s organs start to shut down. And when it reaches 107 degrees, the child can die.
It happens quickly: it can take only ten minutes to raise a car's temperature by more than 20 degrees. Even on a cloudy day, and even at an outside temperature of just 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees; imagine how quickly it can happen on a hot summer day. That’s why it’s so important to never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute.
Want to learn more about how to prevent heatstroke? AskPatty joins with the NHTSA and SafeKids.org, and urges you to follow these tips and remember to ACT to help prevent summertime heat stroke tragedies!
A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.