The dog days of summer are upon us, which reminds us that heatstroke prevention is more important than ever.
On average, 38 children die in hot cars across the United States each year. Together we can prevent these tragedies from happening. In recognition of Heatstroke Awareness Day on July 31, below are tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Look before you lock. Get into the routine of always checking the back seat of your vehicle before you 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. Keep your vehicle locked and keep your keys out of reach; nearly three in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gains access to a vehicle.
- Act fast to save a life. If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911. Chances are the child was left by accident. If the child appears in distress or is non-responsive, remove the child from the vehicle and spray the child with cool water.
Please consider sharing this life-saving information with your family and loved ones this summer. For more information, visit nhtsa.gov.
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