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.” 


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. 

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