Preventing hot car deaths

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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 6:20 pm

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.\

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