Preventing hot car deaths
It’s heartbreaking to hear news of a small child dying in a hot car.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about 38 heatstroke deaths happen each year in the United States, and about half involve a loving parent or caregiver forgetting about a sleeping young child in the backseat.
Children left in parked cars, even for a short period of time, are at risk for heatstroke, even when it feels cool outside.
In direct sunlight a car’s windows act like a greenhouse and trap sun and heat, making it brutally hot in a matter of minutes.
The bottom line is to never leave your child in the car alone for any period of time.
Most hot car deaths are accidental but there are a few things you can do to help prevent this type of tragedy.
A careful community with good intentions can go a long way – so if you see a child in a parked car, get help.
Curious children may sneak into an unlocked car to play and get locked in, so if your child is playing outside and disappears for a few minutes – check the car immediately, including the trunk.\