According to research conducted by NBC News, 10 children have died from heatstroke after being left in cars so far in 2015. Every year in the U.S., about 37 children die because of being left in hot cars during the summer months. What’s the number one reason for children being left alone in cars? According to the NHTSA, it’s simply that parents forget their children are in the back seat. Most children who die are less than one year old. One reason for this is that these people are new parents and grandparents who may not be used to having a little one in the back seat.
Let’s take a look at some statistics you may not know:
- Heat levels in a car can reach extremes in a matter of two minutes.
- With temperatures in the 60’s, a car can heat up to well above 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Little children die when internal temperature reaches 107 degrees Fahrenheit.
How do we prevent fatalities such as this? Safekids.org states that we can all do some little things to make a big difference. One suggestion is that when you strap a child in his or her car seat, make sure to leave something of value next to them. This could be your purse, a briefcase or a cell phone. This may be one small action, but this will remind you that you have to open the back door. More suggestions can be found at http://www.safekids.org/
What about if you’re walking by a car with a child in the back seat? Experts say that you should treat this as an emergency and call 911 right away. A matter of seconds could mean life or death for the child in the back seat.
With your help, we can help reduce these tragic numbers. If you would like any more information or statistics on this matter, please feel free to visit this link. nbcnews.com/hotcars