According to CNN, on average, 37 children die each year after being left in a car.
On July 31, 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), observed National Heatstroke Prevention Day. In combination with Safe Kids Worldwide, they helped to raise awareness about the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles. According to the NHTSA, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash related vehicle fatalities for children ages 14 and younger. In the first half of 2017, a total of 26 children died of heatstroke after being left unattended in vehicles across the country.
It Only Takes a Few Minutes
During National Heatstroke Prevention Day, the NHTSA was quick to remind motorists that temperatures inside of a vehicle can reach deadly levels in a matter of 10 minutes. Even a few minutes inside of a vehicle can leave children with catastrophic, irreversible heat-related injuries. In addition to never leaving a child in a car alone, it’s equally important to make sure vehicles are locked and keys are out of reach of children. Children playing outside should never have access to vehicles.
Look Before You Lock
The NHTSA also reminded parents and caregivers to “Look Before You Lock.” This public safety campaign is aimed at helping parents and caregivers to devise strategies to ensure they never leave a child in a vehicle. They recommend placing a purse, briefcase or cell phone next to the car seat, so you always remember to check the back seat before you leave the vehicle. It’s also important to call a spouse or caregiver to make sure your child has been dropped off at school or daycare, especially if the normal routine has been disrupted. Finally, always let your daycare provider know to call you if your child hasn’t arrived.
Heatstroke Prevention in San Diego
Bystanders are encouraged to call 911 immediately if a child left unattended in a vehicle doesn’t look okay or is unresponsive. If the child looks okay, the NHTSA recommends trying to locate the parents or contacting proper authorities. If the child appears to be in any kind of distress, they also recommend making an attempt to get into the vehicle, even if that means breaking a window to rescue the child.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free consultation.