Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Never Leave Your Child Alone
Small children are at a higher risk of heatstroke due to their body's inability to control their body temperature as well as adults do. A child's body can heat up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult. In as little as 10 minutes, a car's temperature can increase by 20 degrees. That can be potentially dangerous or fatal if a child is left alone in the vehicle.
There is something you can do as a parent to help prevent a tragedy from happening.
ACT: Avoid, Create, Take Action.
Avoid heatstroke by never leaving your child alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute. Make sure to keep your car doors locked when your car is unattended to keep small children from playing inside the vehicle.
Create reminders and habits, such as placing an item in the back seat you will need at your final destination, such as a purse, cell phone, laptop, etc. This could make you open the backdoor to remove the item at your destination. Always check the backseat when you exit the car. The "Look Before You Lock" campagin by NHTSA promotes the question to parents of "Where's Baby?". Another possible reminder is to have the daycare notify you if your child doesn't show up for daycare as usual.
Take Action. If you see a child left unattended in a vehicle, call 911. Emergency workers are trained to handle these situations.
The number of tragedies in 2013 is a reminder to all of us that this can happen to anyone. There is additional information available through the following links: