HOT Car Safety TIPS!

July 9, 2014 at 8:52 AM | Posted in Safety Tips | Leave a comment
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Warm temperatures can put children, pets, and adults at a greater risk of heatstroke, especially while inside a car during the hot summer months. Young children are particularly at risk because their bodies heat up three to five times faster than that of an adult’s. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle related deaths for children. Following these safety tips can save lives:

  1. Never leave a child, pet, or vulnerable adult alone in a hot car.
  2. Prevent children from being left alone inside a hot car by:
  3. Keeping parked cars locked. Make sure your car is always locked when you are not in it. Place any car keys and keyless entry remotes in a safe spot where only you can access them.
  4. Keeping a visual reminder when using car seats by moving a large item – like a teddy bear or other stuffed animal – that you must move whenever you place a child in or out of a car seat.
  5. Keeping a schedule: Make a point to place a follow-up call to whoever is responsible for dropping your child off at daycare, especially if they do not do this on a regular basis.
  6. Always make a habit of looking in the front and the back of the vehicle before locking the door and walking away.

Some facts you may not know:

  • A child may die once their body temperature reaches 107 degrees.
  • Within ten short minutes a car can increase 20 degrees in heat, even with the windows cracked.
  • A temperature in the 60s can reach to well above 110 degrees all too quickly within your car.

Don’t be afraid to act if you see a person or pet at risk. It just might save a life.

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