NHTSA Offers Tips to Protect Children from Vehicle Heatstroke

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Heatstroke occurring among children left in hot vehicles is a definite threat, especially in the midst of one of the hottest summers in memory.  It only takes ten minutes for the ambient temperature of a vehicle to go up by 20 degrees, and that number increases the longer the car is left idle.  Your car can heat up to 110 degrees if left in the sun when the temperature is a scant 60 degrees.  To offset the danger, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers tips to parents to help keep their children safe.

First, and most obviously: never leave a kid alone in a car, even if you think you’ll be in and out of somewhere quickly.  That can be easier said than done though, as you can’t exactly always remember not to forget.  That’s why it’s recommended that you establish a routine that involves either writing yourself a note that will be in your sightline in the car or placing your briefcase in the back so you know that you have to look behind you.

When not in your vehicle, always be sure to lock the doors.  Kids should know that they are not allowed to play in a car like it’s a toy.  When you see an unattended car with a child inside, then don’t hesitate to call 911.  And when you bring your child to daycare, make sure that the provider has your contact information should your kid seemingly not arrive.