National Heat Stroke Prevention Day is July 31. How many children do you think die every year because they were left in a hot car or were playing in a vehicle and got overheated? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded 42 heat-related child deaths in vehicles in 2017. As of July 19, there have been 28 children who have died in hot cars in the U.S. so far in 2018. Every single one of these deaths is preventable.
A child's body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult's. When a child is left in a hot vehicle, that child's temperature can rise in a quick and deadly manner. Even in cooler temperatures, your vehicle can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. An outside temperature in the mid-60s can cause a vehicle’s inside temperature to rise above 110 degrees. The inside temperature of your car can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes.
Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees. A core body temperature of about 107 degrees is lethal.
Being left in a hot car isn’t just dangerous for children, but also pets. Make sure you are doing all you can to prevent a dangerous situation for all our precious “babies.”
NHTSA offers eight simple steps to prevent heatstroke deaths.
For 2018, there have been 171 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of five since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf