Kids and Cars: Heat Warning and Safety

 

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We can be tempted to quickly rush down to the store across the road, leaving a sleeping baby in the car.  We’ll only be a minute, we promise.  This is dangerous at the best of times, but when it’s hot outside, it can have even more disastrous consequences. Children and babies are more susceptible to heatstroke, which can cause injury or even death.

 

Below are some vital tips for parents about preventing heatstroke, but first, some facts about heatstroke.

 

·         Heatstroke resulting from being in a hot car kills at least a child every 10

·         Cars can heat up to 19 degrees in about 10 minutes

·         Kids are usually more prone to heatstroke, since their body temperature can increase 3 to 5 times quicker than adult's

 

1. Take the Child With You No Matter What

Parents may prefer to leave their kids in the car for a 'quick stop'.  But even if that stop really is 5 minutes, that’s 5 minutes too long to leave a child in a hot car.  No one should ever lock a child or baby in the car, even when the windows are down. For a kid, just a few minutes could be fatal.

 

According to Nevada law, it is illegal to intentionally leave a child in a locked car. The law states that a "parent, legal guardian or other person responsible for a child who is 7 years of age or younger shall not knowingly and intentionally leave that child in a motor vehicle if:

(a) The conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of the child, or

(b) The engine of the motor vehicle is running or the keys to the vehicle are in the ignition,

unless the child is being supervised by and within the sight of a person who is at least 12 years of age."

 

Violating the law can result in prison time or fines.

 

2. Don’t Ignore; Get Involved

If you find a kid left alone in a vehicle, call 911. If you notice they are distressed, you could save them by getting them out immediately.  In the state of Nevada, A law enforcement officer or other person rendering emergency services” is legally allowed to remove a distressed child from a motor vehicle under “any reasonable means necessary to protect the child … without incurring civil liability.”

 

3. Leave a Reminder

Keep your purse, wallet, phone, or other important item next to the child. This can help remind guardians of quiet or sleeping children in the backseat.

 

4. Keep Kids Away from the Car

Kids should not be allowed inside the car when it is not in use. Also ensure that your keys are out of reach of children. This will help to decrease the likelihood of children being locked in the car unknowingly.

 

5. Be Sure No Kid Is In

After a hectic day at school, children could easily dose off in the school bus on their way from school, and locked up on the assumption that all the kids are down. Hence, parents should ensure that the transportation company that conveys their kids to and from school follows standard safety protocols like the bus drivers checking through the bus to ensure no kid is left on board.

 

 

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