by Jim Rollins, Graphic Designer for SA-SO Signs & Safety
Summer has arrived and it is important to remember the dangers of hot cars. There have been 11 hot car related deaths already this year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), hot vehicles are the number one non-crash killer of children under 14 years of age, with children under one year being the most common victims.
From 1998 through 2014, Texas has suffered more hot car deaths than any other state.
Here are some things to remember:
- Car temperatures can increase 20 degrees in only 10 minutes.
- A child’s body temperature can rise five times faster than that of an adult.
- An eighty degree day can cause the temperature inside a vehicle to reach deadly levels in 10 minutes.
- Cracking a window and parking in the shade is insufficient when it comes to protecting a child.
Here are a few tips to help reduce the risk to children:
- Make sure your vehicle is empty before you lock the doors and walk away.
- Never leave you children in the car no matter how short a time you think you may be. Things come up and delays happen.
- Use a toy or stuffed animal to put in the car seat when empty. As a visual reminder move the toy or stuffed animal to the front with you when your child is in the back seat.
- If a child is riding with someone else, call and verify that they have arrived safely.
What should you do if you if you see a child left unattended in a vehicle?
- If at any time you see a left child unattended in a vehicle more than a few minutes, call 911 immediately.
- Get the child out of the car and spray them with cool water (not ice water.)
- If unresponsive, stay with them until help arrives.
- Have someone search or page the driver of the vehicle.
*Use these same tips for keeping your pets safe when they are traveling with you.
Information for this article was provided by the Safecar.gov website (source: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/inandaroundthecar/heatstroke.htm) and by nbcnews.com (source: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/hot-cars-and-kids/death-hot-cars-facts-figures-prevention-n153776)