Avoiding Heatstroke

Following up from our last post on heatstroke, remember that even in 10 minutes a car heats up 20 degrees. It is never okay to leave your child alone in a car. 

According to healthy children, “Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in children under 15.” However, these deaths are absolutely avoidable. 

How to Prevent

Here are some reminders to avoid and prevent heatstroke in a vehicle  from happening:

  • Before getting out of the car, make sure to always check your backseat
  • Put your cellphone, bag or purse in the back seat so that you check the back seat once you have arrived.
  • Ensure kids do not have easy access to car keys. Store them out of a Childs reach.
  • Make sure your car is kept locked while parked so a child does not curiously enter the car
  • Teach children cars are not a safe place to play 

Tip: If a child is missing, always check the pool first, and then the car 

Another great tip offer by NHTSA to avoid heatstroke in a vehicle with children is to, “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.”

If you see a Child in the Car Alone

If you see a child alone in a car: “[and they] appear to be okay, attempt to locate the parents; if at a public place, have the facility page the car owner over an intercom system.” Stay with the child until help arrives

Tips offered by healthychildren.org

If the child is not responsive or is in pain, immediately:

  • Call 911
  • Get the child out of the car
  • Spray the child with cool water (Not in an ice bath)

Follow this link to our last post on the dangers of heatstroke http://glissonlaw.com/heat-stroke-danger/