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ACT to Prevent Heatstroke in Children

Few people know that heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. In fact, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, an average of 10 children die each day from heatstroke in a vehicle. “Young children are particularly at risk for heatstroke related injuries,” said the organization. “Their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s.” 

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Although the saying goes, “never wake a sleeping child,” tragedies caused by heatstroke are completely preventable. Even though children fall asleep easily during car rides, it’s important to never leave your child unattended in a car — not even for a minute. To help protect kids from heatstroke-related injuries, Safe Kids Worldwide is recommending that you always remember to ACT:

  • Avoid heatstroke: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
  • Create reminders: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
  • Take Action: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

You can also take part in the conversation about heatstroke prevention in children next week during Safe Kids’ social media observance week. Follow @safekidsusa on Twitter or go to the organization’s Facebook page to take part in the events online. 

Image source: http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke

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