Although this time of year may seem a little early for heatstroke danger awareness, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to get the word out about the dangers of children being left unattended in hot vehicles. Even on days where the temperature is mild, in the mid-60s, it’s possible for the internal temperature of a vehicle to reach up to 110 degrees. In areas of the country with mild winters, heatstroke danger is something to consider throughout the year. The State of Florida has already seen two heatstroke deaths involving children this year. The incidents happened in January and February.
NHTSA Heatstroke Prevention Tips
- Look before you lock.
- Have a reminder.
- Check to see if your child has arrived at his or her destination safely.
- Keep vehicles locked and keys out of reach of children.
Heatstroke Prevention in California
The NHTSA always recommends making a habit out of looking in your backseat before you lock your vehicle and walk away. Nobody thinks this can happen to them, but we’re all busy and should make safety habits a part of our daily routine to prevent unnecessary tragedies. It’s a good idea to keep a stuffed animal or some type of visual memento in the car seat that is moved to the front seat when your child is riding in the car. This can help to serve as an important reminder of your precious cargo.
Safety Strategies to Prevent Child Heatstroke
Another strategy is to put your phone, purse or briefcase in the back seat when traveling, so you’ll be forced to look into the backseat before you exit the vehicle. If somebody else drove your child or if your daily routine was altered in any way, the NHTSA recommends calling the destination facility to make sure your child arrived safely. Finally, because unattended children getting access to vehicles results in nearly three of every 10 child heatstroke deaths, keep vehicles locked and keys out of reach of children.
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