This summer, we’re making vehicle heat stroke awareness our top priority. We’ve shared some of the specifics around hyperthermia in our longer article. We’ve put together this handy, shareable guide to help get the word out!
Look Before You Lock
- Check your vehicle’s back seat every time you leave.
- Look in cars when walking through parking lots.
- See our article for tips.
Lock Before You Leave
- Always lock your parked vehicle so children cannot climb in. Locking your vehicle protects not just your children; it may be your neighbor’s children as well.
- When age appropriate, teach your child how to climb into the front seat and unlock, then open the car door.
Getting the Word Out
- Share articles, graphics, websites, and anything that can spread the message with your social media networks. And with anyone who will listen!
- http://noheatstroke.org/ This site is packed full of statistics and information from Jan Null, CCM, Dept. of Meteorology and Climate Science, San Jose University.
- http://www.kidsandcars.org/how-kids-get-hurt/heat-stroke/ This site contains personal stories, resources, and sharable graphics.
- http://www.safekids.org/preventing-heatstroke This site includes downloads, videos, and ACT Campaign information.
- http://www.rayrayspledge.com/ This site features Ray Ray’s Pledge, an effort to get parents and childcare providers communicating about child absences.
http://www.safercar.gov/parents/InandAroundtheCar/heatstroke.htm This site contains NHTSA’s tips, resources, and even a quiz. We’ll be sharing these helpful images and infographics with our Facebook page.
- LOCK IT: PARKED CARS TRAP DEADLY SUMMER HEAT
- Three Tragic Deaths Remind Us to Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car
- Washington Post article featuring real stories about real people.
- How the brain works
- ‘Forgotten Baby Syndrome’: A Parent’s Nightmare of Hot Car Death
Laws Related to Heatstroke
- Unattended Children in Motor Vehicles (prosecution)
- Good Samaritan Laws protect people who rescue a child from a vehicle
Tips for Prevention
Our article looks at vehicular heat stroke and offers some suggestions for prevention.