Protecting Children from Heatstroke Deaths
You might keep saying, ” I would never forget my child in the car, some parents are reckless and forgetful but I am not one of them?” We are here to tell you that contrary to popular belief, it can absolutely happen to you.
For example, Raelyn Balfour thought it was just the fault of irresponsible parents, until it unfortunately happened to here. According to the NHTSA, one morning, while feeling tired, overwhelmed, and distracted—feelings familiar to most parents with young children—she mistakenly thought she had already dropped her 9-month-old son, Bryce, at daycare before she continued on to her office. In reality, he was still in the back seat of her car. By the time she realized it, heatstroke had taken Bryce’s life.
The truth is that heatstrokes usually happen to children with loving, caring parents. There are some tips from the NHTSA to keep in mind that might prevent children heatstroke deaths:
- Look Before You Lock. Get into the routine of always checking the back seats of your vehicle before your lock it and walk away.
- A Gentle Reminder. Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Or place your phone, briefcase, or purse in the back seat when traveling with your child.
- A Routine Check. If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely.
- A Key to Safety. You know to keep your vehicle locked, but also keep your keys out of reach; nearly 3 in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gains access to a vehicle.
Another factor that is important to remember is the fact that it does’t need to be hot outside for a car to get hot on the inside. For example. On a comfortable day with 57 degree temperatures, the inside of a car can reach 110 degrees. If a kid’s body reaches 107 degrees, that child will mos likely die.
Be vigilant this upcoming season and always. Make sure your child never gets stuck in a hot car. Also watch out for parked cars in parking lots for vehicles that might be turned off with kids inside. The community’s take on tackling this issue could save lives.