NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILD ALONE IN A VEHICLE. EVER!
HEATSTROKE, also known as hyperthermia, is the leading cause of non crash, vehicle related deaths for children. It occurs when the body isn’t able to cool itself quickly enough, and the body temperature rises to dangerous levels.
Your children are particularly at risk as their body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s. When a child’s internal temperature gets to 104 degrees, major organs begin to shut down, and when that child’s temperature reaches 107 degrees, the child can die.
Because of this, and because cars heat up so quickly (19 degrees in 10 minutes) tragedies can happen faster than you may realize. Don’t let this happen to you. Be aware.
TAKE ACTION, SAVE LIVES
Avoid heatstroke related injury and death by never leaving a child alone in a car - NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE! It doesn’t take long for a vehicle to heat up.
Create reminders by putting something in the back seat of your car next to your child that you will need (purse, briefcase, cellphone, etc.) when you reach your destination.
TAKE ACTION! If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel WANT you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.