At least 17 children have already died this year from vehicular heatstroke.
On July 31, National Heatstroke Prevention Day, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, Safe Kids and the Administration for Children and Families will try to raise awareness about the dangers of kids and hot cars.
Did you know:
- On a hot day, a child’s temp heats up to 5 times faster than an adult’s does.
High body temperatures can cause permanent injury or even death.
52% of kids who died from vehicular heatstroke were “forgotten” in the vehicle.In more than 29% of cases of fatal heatstroke, a child got into the vehicle on their own.Heatstroke deaths have happened even when vehicles were parked in shade and the temperatures were 80 degrees or less.If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.