WASHINGTION, DC—As the hottest month of the year approaches and temperatures are rapidly rising, attention is being drawn to the dangers of leaving children unattended in hot cars.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 532 children have lost their lives to vehicular heatstroke since 1998 and most of those deaths occur in children ages three and younger.
The impact of hotter weather has already claimed lives. Lincoln Lindsey, an 8-month-old Kentucky body, died on June 20 after his father forgot to take the child to day care. According to Louisville police, the temperature was around 90 degrees that day and the boy’s lifeless body was found strapped in the car seat.
Keeping accidents like this in mind, the nation’s top auto safety agency and one of the country’s most vocal child safety organizations have partnered up in an effort to spread awareness and prevent child deaths from heatstroke.
The NHTSA and Safe Kids Worldwide will host events throughout July to educate communities about heatstroke which is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths of children under the age of 14.
NHTSA officials explain that there are also a number of children injured each year due to heatstroke in hot cars. The injuries range from permanent brain injury and blindness to the loss of hearing.
The national campaign urges parents and caregivers to think “Where’s baby? Look before you lock.” Officials say they adopted this mantra because heatstroke often occurs when a parent unintentionally forgets a child in the back of a vehicle.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, in 2010 a 7-month-old was left in the car for 14 hours in Antioch, Calif., after each parent assumed the other would take her inside.
“Everything we know about this terrible danger to children indicates heatstroke in hot cars can happen to any caregiver from any walk of life – and the majority of these cases are accidental tragedies that can strike even the most loving and conscientious parents,” said NHTSA Administrator Strickland.
To prevent heatstroke incidents from occurring parents should never leave a child unattended in a vehicle and make a habit of looking in the vehicle before locking the door. If a child is in distress due to heat, the NHTSA recommends cooling the child with water after removing them from the vehicle as quickly as possible.
“Cars heat up quickly and the temperature inside can reach dangerous levels in just 10 minutes,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of The Seegmiller Law Firm. “Small precautions can be taken to prevent this kind of tragedy.”
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