It is summertime and that means running errands with your children in the car with you. We would like to talk about the dangers of children, hot cars and heatstroke.
Were you ever tempted to leave your child alone in your car? Perhaps, while you ran inside the store to pick something up? Listen closely because it may save your child’s life.
Here is a scary statistic.
Are you sitting down?
37 kids die in hot cars every year. If that isn’t bad enough… More than half of these children were left in the car by MISTAKE.
Simply put… The children were FORGOTTEN.
Here are the sad statistics about children dying from hot cars and heatstroke.
- It only takes 20 minutes for the inside of a car to reach 125 degrees in the summertime.
- 760 children have died of heatstroke in cars since 1998.
- Almost 74% of the kids that died were 2 years and younger.
- Approximately 54% of the children that died were forgotten by their guardian or parent.
- 27% of the kids were playing in an unattended vehicle.
- Additionally, 18% of the children were intentionally left behind in the vehicle by adult.
What can you do to protect your child from heat stroke in your car?
- First of all, make sure you lock the car doors behind you. Never leave your car open in your driveway even for just a few moments unattended. Remember, it only takes 20 minutes for it to reach 120 degrees.
- In addition, make it a habit to check your back seat before leaving your vehicle.
- You can also think about keeping your bags or pocket book in the back seat.
- Finally, these same reminders go for keeping your pets safe too!
In conclusion, none of the parents that lost children to heatstroke thought it could happen to them. Yet, sadly it did.
We hope this summer public safety announcement from schoolholidayshop.com will help to keep your child safe this summer. We look forward to helping you with your school holiday gift boutique this winter when it is cool again.