I didn’t know that July 31st is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. It seems that every year more children are being left in hot cars and no matter how much news coverage and tragic stories, parents still seem to do it.
To help address this issue, Ford Motor Company is supporting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s efforts to tackle the alarming safety threat that heatstroke poses for young children left in hot cars.
Did you know?
- Last year alone, 44 children in the United States lost their lives after being left in unattended motor vehicles.
- More than half (52%) of kids who died from vehicular heatstroke were “forgotten” by their caregiver
- A child’s temp can heat up to 5 times faster than an adult’s on a hot day
- Studies show that when the temperature outside is 90 degrees the temperature inside a parked car can rise to 109 degrees in 10 minutes, 119 degrees in 20 minutes and 124 degrees in 30 minutes.
As summer temperatures rise, here are a few simple tips for parents and childcare providers to keep kids safe inside of vehicles:
- Never leave infants or children alone in a parked car, even if the windows are partially open
- Make sure the safety seat and safety belt buckles aren’t too hot before securing a child in a restraint system
- Don’t ever leave sleeping infants in the car
- Be sure to check the front and back seats of a vehicle before locking it and walking away
- Lock your car when you’re not in it, so kids can’t get in on their own
Along with NHTSA, state and other safety partners, join Ford in a campaign to keep kids safe inside of vehicles – especially during the hot summer months!