According to the KidsandCars website, on average 38 children die in hot vehicles each year from heat-related deaths. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a vehicle; and in the end it can cause serious injury or even death. By educating ourselves with the tips below we can reduce the possibility of heatstroke injuries or death.
- Never leave your child in a car alone!
- Make sure your vehicle is locked, including doors and truck, so your child cannot get into the vehicle on their own. Educate your child that trunks are for transporting cargo and is not a safe place to play. If you discover your child is missing, always check swimming pools, vehicles and trunks.
- If your child is locked inside a vehicle get them out immediately and dial 911. Emergency personnel are trained to evaluate children for heatstroke.
- parents and caretakers are extremely busy. It may not be part of your daily routine to take the kids to daycare therefore put something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase or purse that is needed at your final destination. This way if your child is sound asleep or quiet you are aware they are still in the vehicle.
- Another helpful tip is to create a reminder on your electronic device to make sure you dropped your child off at a daycare. Ask your daycare provider to call you if your child is late.
- If you see a child alone inside a vehicle, call 911 immediately. Stay with the child until emergency personnel respond to the location.
- Deputy Jodi Wolfe