Avoiding the Dangers of Heatstroke

May 31, 2016

Posted by Lisa Lomasney

With the beautiful summer months of Pure Michigan, comes the sunshine!  The sun is great for when you are enjoying day at the beach (lathered up in sunscreen, of course), but it can also lead to vehicles reaching dangerous temperatures.

Did you know? 

Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children.  Every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle, on average, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.

While it's tempting to leave your child in your car while you run in to the bank, post office, or store for a quick errand, instead of dealing with car seats and boosters, remember that leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death in a matter of minutes as young children's bodies can heat up 3 - 5 times faster than an adult's.

Safe Kids Worldwide recommends remembering to A.C.T.

A - Avoid heatstroke-related injury or death by never leaving your child alone in a vehicle and remembering to keep your car locked so children don't get in on their own.

C - Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car, next to your child, such as a briefcase, purse, or cell phone.

T - Take action - if you see a child alone in a car, call 911.  Your call could save a life.

  

 

Source: Safe Kids Worldwide - Safety Tips: Heatstroke

 

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