26 Jul Face It Friday: Beat the Heat! Staying Safe and Healthy on Hot Summer Days
It is hot, hot, HOT! As the summer continues to heat up, it’s important to remember that a child’s body temperature rises 3-5 times faster than adults. Heat stroke can happen when the child’s body cannot cool itself quickly enough.
Any parent or caregiver, even a very loving and attentive one, can forget a child is in the back seat. Being especially busy or distracted or having a change from the usual routine increases the risk. The good news: there are several ways to help prevent a tragedy.
Tips to make sure a child is not left in the back seat alone:
-Set a reminder on your phone with the anticipated arrival time.
-Leave your purse, briefcase, or phone in the backseat.
-If someone else is driving your child, call them to make sure they arrived safely.
A few important reminders:
-The temperature of a car can climb 20 degrees in 20 minutes.
-Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in children under 15. It can occur in the shade, with the windows down, and even at temperatures as low as 57 degrees.
-Teach children that cars are not safe places to play. Make sure children do not have easy access to car keys by storing them out of their reach.