With warmer weather here to stay, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has some important tips for parents and caregivers this summer. Their “Where’s Baby, Look Before You Lock” campaign is all about raising awareness about one of the leading causes of death among children. Changing routines or caregivers who aren’t used to driving children are just two types of risk factors associated with leaving a baby in a hot car. Children are much more susceptible to heatstroke than adults, and depending upon the outside temperature, a car can heat up to deadly levels in a matter of minutes. Listed below are some important tips to help ensure you always look before you lock.
Look Before You Lock
- Always check the back seats of your vehicle before you lock it and walk away.
- Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat.
- If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely.
Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car
It only takes 10 minutes for a car’s inside temperatures to rise over 20 degrees. Even at relatively cool temperatures outside, the inside of a car can still heat up quickly. At an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the inside of your car can still reach as high as 110 degrees. If a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, he or she can die. Leaving a child in a hot car, even for just a few minutes means risking severe life-changing injury or death.
Take Action if You See a Child in a Car
If you see a child alone in a car, take immediate action. Don’t wait it out, or worry about minding your own business. Protecting children is everybody’s business. Don’t wait more than a few minutes for a driver to return. If the child is in distress or unresponsive, call 911 immediately, and get the child out of the car. Spray the child with cool water, but don’t use an ice bath.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy summer.