NHTSA on National Heatstroke Prevention Day

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently gearing up for National Heatstroke Prevention Day. This year, National Heatstroke Prevention Day is on May 1. According to the NHTSA, since 1998, 882 children have died due to vehicular heatstroke.The NHTSA has a two-pronged approach to reducing child heatstroke fatalities. They’re focusing efforts on the Look Before You Lock campaign and the Keep Kids Out of Hot Cars campaign. Both of these campaigns are aimed at educating parents and caregivers about how to improve child safety in and around vehicles this summer. 

Vehicular Heatstroke Fatality Stats 

  • In 2020, there were 24 child heatstroke fatalities.  
  • In 2019, there were 53 child heatstroke fatalities.  
  • In 2018, there were 53 child heatstroke fatalities.  

Look Before You Lock 

The Look Before You Lock campaign sounds simple, and it is. It’s all about creating habits to make sure you look in your backseat before you lock your car and walk away. The easiest and most effective habit to start using is putting something in the back seat. It could be a purse, briefcase, your phone or even a stuffed animal. It’s a reminder to check your backseat before you get out of the vehicle. Even if you think it could never happen to you, it doesn’t hurt to get yourself into the habit of always looking before you lock.

Keep Kids Out of Hot Cars 

Vehicular heatstrokes can also happen when children play in unlocked cars. It’s so important to keep your vehicles locked. An unlocked vehicle can seem like a tempting play area for a child. A child might get into a vehicle and then get stuck or overheated before he or she can get out. Keep vehicles locked, and teach children that vehicles are do-not-play areas.  

Rescuing Children From Hot Cars 

The NHTSA is encouraging bystanders to take action if they see a child left in a hot car. Break into the vehicle, and get the child out. Temperatures can become deadly in a matter of minutes. Call 9-1-1, and get the child assistance immediately. 

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy summer season, and if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.  

 

 

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