• Safe Kids Monterey County Urges all to Help Protect Children from Heatstroke, Even in Foggy Pacific Grove

    Hot Cars Can Quickly Become Deadly for Children

    Hot summer days across the country contributed to more than 15 child deaths this year from heatstroke when children were left unattended in vehicles. On track to match the worst year on record, Safe Kids Monterey County reminds caregivers to never leave children alone in cars. As a determined advocate in preventing heatstroke, Safe Kids Monterey County is working to educate parents and caregivers with tips to avoid these tragedies.

    These preventable tragedies are happening far too often – throughout the year and in nearly all 50 states. Said Dave Crozier, Safe Kids Coordinator, “Even on a mild day, the inside of a car can quickly become very hot. This is a place no child should be alone, and because children’s bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults’, they are much more susceptible to heatstroke.”

    Although most would assume this would never happen to them, there is no common description of the caregiver that has experienced this tragedy. It has happened to the rich and poor, educated and less educated, women and men, city dwellers and suburbanites, and in all but one state.

    Together, we can cut down the number of deaths and near misses by remembering to ACT.

    • A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
    • C: 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.Amazingly enough, even the most caring parents have been known to forget they have a child in the car.
    • T: 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.

    The Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car program is made possible through a grant from the GM Foundation. For more information on preventing child heatstroke deaths, please visit www.ggweather.com/heat and www.safekids.org/heatstroke.

    Safe Kids Monterey County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children. Safe Kids is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing unintentional injury, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost 1 million children die of injuries each year, and every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids Monterey County was founded in 1989 and is led by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 28, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News


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