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.