The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is trying to get the word out about the dangers of leaving children in vehicles. Although many people can’t believe that parents or caregivers might forget about a child in a car, it does happen. According to the NHTSA, the large majority of heatstroke cases happen when a child is mistakenly left in a vehicle or gains access to a vehicle when unsupervised and becomes trapped. This is the kind of tragedy that no parent thinks will happen to them, but on average, 37 children die each year from vehicular heatstroke. Listed below are some of the NHTSA’s tips to help prevent child heatstroke.
Look Before You Lock Your Car: Heatstroke is an Epidemic
The most important habit parents and caregivers can get into is looking before they lock. The NHTSA recommends you get into a routine of always checking the back seat of your vehicle every single time before you lock it and walk away.
A Gentle Reminder
They also recommend utilizing a gentle reminder. A stuffed animal or some other memento can be kept in your child’s car seat when it’s empty. When a child is in the car seat, you move the memento into the front seat as a visual reminder. You could also place your phone, purse or briefcase in the backseat when a child is in the car seat.
A Routine Check
Check in with anybody who drives your child, especially when schedules are altered. Call a babysitter or daycare center to make sure your child has arrived safely.
A Key to Safety
Since nearly 3 in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gains access to a vehicle, always keep vehicles locked and keep keys out of reach of children.
Act Fast to Save a Life
If you see a child alone in a vehicle, don’t hesitate to call 911. Chances are it was a mistake, but if the child appears in distress or is non-responsive, remove the child form the vehicle and spray him or her with cool water immediately.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy summer, and if you have been injured in a car accident in California, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.