A child dies from heatstroke about once every 10 days from being left alone in a hot vehicle. In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatality for kids 14 and younger. Children climb into unlocked cars to play, or are left alone in the car. These are tragedies that are 100 percent preventable.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated Wednesday as National Heatstroke Prevention Day.
As of July 28, there have been 24 deaths likely due to heatstroke in the U.S. this year, with three taking place in Texas. The most recent death occurred on Saturday, when a 4-month-old was found in a parked car at an apartment complex in El Cajon, Cali.
There are several ways to help avoid a heat-stroke related injury and/or death:
• Never leave a child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Also, make sure to keep the car locked when not in it to prevent kids from getting in on their own.
• Create reminders by putting something in the back of the car near the child, such as a briefcase, purse or cell phone.
• Take action: Call 911 if observing a child alone in a car.