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Hot Cars Aren’t For Kids

kids and hot cars
The National Safety Council stated that in 2018, from January to September alone, almost 50 children throughout the United States lost their lives from being left in hot cars. You see the heartbreaking stories on the news all the time about how a child has suffered from pediatric vehicular heatstroke. In 52% of cases, the child was “forgotten” by the caregiver. In nearly 30% of cases, a child got into the vehicle on their own, according to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Something important to remember when thinking about this serious topic is that these deaths are completely preventable.
 
As the summer months approach, take these notes into consideration.
 

Ways To Reduce Hot Car Catastrophe

 

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even for a short minute. It does not matter if the windows are partly open or if the engine is running and the air conditioning is on. The second a child is left in a car alone, the greater the risk they are at for heatstroke.
  • Stick to a routine, so that you are in the habit of checking your backseat.
  • Avoid distractions, so that you are fully concentrated on the child in your car.
  • Keep car doors locked, so children cannot gain access.
  • Teach children that cars are not play areas.
  • Write yourself a note as a reminder and place it where you’ll see it when you leave the vehicle.
  • Place a purse, briefcase, or even a left shoe in the back seat to force you to take one last glance.
  • Set up a plan with your childcare center or school to notify you if your child is not dropped off on time.
  • If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately.
Read here to learn how certain car manufacturers are using technology to prevent pediatric vehicular heatstroke. Additionally, we’ve listed some of the best items you can purchase to remind you to check your backseat before exiting your vehicle.
Hot Cars Aren't For Kids
Hot Cars Aren't For Kids
The National Safety Council stated that in 2018, from January to September alone, almost 50 children throughout the United States lost their lives from being left in hot cars.
Kaufman Law, P.C. | Atlanta Accident Attorney