A child's body heats up 3-5 times faster than an adult's body. Heatstroke deaths have been recorded in 11 months of the year in nearly all 50 states. More than half of heatstroke deaths occurred when a distracted caregiver forgot a quiet child was in the vehicle.
Creating reminders and habits is an effective way to ensure that a child is not forgotten in the vehicle. Here is some helpful information about preventing heat stroke.
Working for Change
To help prevent tragic and unnecessary deaths due to heatstroke, Safe Kids Worldwide and the General Motors Foundation teamed up to launch Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car, an education and awareness campaign geared toward parents and caregivers.
With the support of the General Motors Foundation, Safe Kids and its state-based coalitions are mobilizing their network of partners. These partners include police and fire departments, hospitals and doctor's offices, government agencies, childcare centers, businesses and others to alert citizens to the dangers that hot vehicles pose to children.
The Campaign Encourages Everyone to ACT
Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Always lock your doors and trunks - even in your driveway. And keep your keys and key fobs out of the reach of kids.
Create reminders. Place something you'll need at your next stop - like a briefcase or cell phone - next to the child safety seat. It may seem simple, but can be a helpful reminder on a chaotic day.
Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, take action. Call 911. Emergency personnel are trained to respond to these situations.