Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tips on preventing child heat car deaths!

 There have been so many child deaths here in Middle Tennessee. Just this week alone 4 children have died because of either parental neglect or something else. They have all died in cars. PLEASE do me a favor, do not let it be your kid(s).
I gathered some tips from the NHTSA for you to read. If you have anymore tips, please feel free to add them in the comments below. Additionally, you can find a safety print out sheet from the NHTSA here- www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/pdf/8042_Hyperthermia-SafetyTips_8-9-11.pdf

Prevention Tips

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
  • Do not let your children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
  • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle - front and back - before locking the door and walking away.
  • If you are dropping your child off at childcare, and normally it's your spouse or partner who drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure the drop went according to plan.
  • Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not show up for childcare.
  • Always lock vehicle doors and trunks and keep keys out of children's reach. If a child is missing, check the vehicle first, including the trunk.
  • If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call the police. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
  • Do things to remind yourself that a child is in the vehicle, such as:
    • Writing yourself a note and putting the note where you will see it when you leave the vehicle;
    • Placing your purse, briefcase or something else you need in the back seat so that you will have to check the back seat when you leave the vehicle; or
    • Keeping an object in the car seat, such as a stuffed toy. When the child is buckled in, place the object where the driver will notice it when he or she is leaving the vehicle.

What you need to know, now

  • Vehicles heat up quickly - even with a window rolled down two inches, if the outside temperature is in the low 80s° Fahrenheit, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes.
  • Children's bodies overheat easily, and infants and children under four years of age are among those at greatest risk for heat-related illness.
  • Children's bodies absorb more heat on a hot day than an adult. Also, children are less able to lower their body heat by sweating. When a body cannot sweat enough, the body temperature rises rapidly.
    • In fact, when left in a hot vehicle, a young child's body temperature may increase three to five times as fast an adult. High body temperatures can cause permanent injury or even death.

Dangers of Extreme Heat

  • Symptoms of heatstroke: Warning signs vary but may include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, a throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, being grouchy, or acting strangely.
  • If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call the police. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.


 Credits: I received one ore more of the facts above from http://www.nhtsa.gov/safety/hyperthermia.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you,thank you and thank you again-this is a great review- much needed information to be put out there.Although much of what you said is common sense-(but not all of us think the same)and the simple fact of it all is that accidents happen to the best of us regardless of whether or not we have good common sense-just putting the message out there might click in someones mind (I didn't think about that) and save an innocent child.

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