Hot Cars and Kids -- a Deadly Combination

Across the country, July is typically the deadliest month for child fatalities in hot cars and that’s why Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) officials are reminding busy parents that it’s never okay to leave a child unattended in a car for any length of time or at any time of year.

This time of year, even with a window cracked, the temperature in a car can beome life-threatening within minutes. As temperatures rise, so does the risk of children being forgotten in vehicles, still strapped in their carseats, and dying from excessive heat exposure. Moreover, the body temperature of children rises three to five times faster than adults which means children are much more vulnerable to heat stroke.

Busy parents have a lot on their minds, so MCFRS has compiled a list of tips for parents, family members and caregivers to review.

Those tips include:

  • To avoid forgetting your child, always put your cell phone, PDA, gym bag, purse or briefcase, and anything else you'll need that day, on the floor of the backseat. When you retrieve it at the end of the ride, you'll see your child.
  • Take your children inside the home, and then unload groceries, dry cleaning and other items.
  • Before putting a child in a car that has been parked in a warm/sunny spot, check the temperature of the carseat or upholstery. Hot interior surfaces of a car can burn a child’s skin
  • Keep a teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it's empty. When you put your child in the seat, move the animal to the front passenger seat to remind you that your baby's on board
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately

To see the complete list of tips, visit the DFRS homepage and click on MCFRS Blog.

CATEGORIES: Public Safety , Health
POSTED AT: Friday, July 15, 2011 | 4:38:00 PM |
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