It’s Hot – Don’t Leave Kids or Pets in the Car
As the heat climbes outside into the 80's, it's a good reminder to not leave kids or pets in your vehicle. A decision like that could end up with fatal consequences. The CDC states that the temperture in a car can rise 20 degrees within 10 minutes. So if it's 80 degrees outside the temp inside a car could be at 100 degrees within 10 minutes. That can cause a heat stroke and prove fatal. This video is tough to watch but compelling with the lesson of how quickly the temperature rises inside of a car. Noheatstroke.org reports these statistics of tragedy from leaving children in the car:
- Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2017: 18
- Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2016: 39
- Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 1998-present: 718
- Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998: 37
Ways you can prevent this from occurring is:
- It's easy to become distracted when so busy, put your phone away until you get from one destination to the next after dropping off your child.
- Make it a habit to look in the back seat regardless if you transport your child that day or not. Schedules change and so do routines.
- Use a stuff animal as a reminder, put it in the car seat and when you have a child in the car seat put the stuff animal in the front with you.
- Put your purse or brief case in the back seat next to your child.
- Never leave children or pets in the car even if you're running in the store for a few seconds. It's just not worth the convenience it may seem to be.
In related news, Al Franken is looking to present a new bill to help prevent children from being trapped in the back seats of hot cars. Here's what the press release states regarding this bill:
The Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seat Act (HOT CARS Act) would seek to save the lives of children before they become trapped in a hot car. The bill would require newly manufactured cars to come equipped with technology to alert drivers if a child is left in the back seat once the car is turned off. Such technology exists and is available in some vehicles-including many of GM's 2017 and 2018 models-but has not yet been implemented on a larger scale.