You hear the tragic stories on the news, in the paper, or on the radio. A young child left in a hot car dies from heatstroke. Mom thought her daughter was with Dad, Dad thought she was with Mom. It doesn’t matter. Pointing the blame doesn’t solve the problem. Heatstroke is very dangerous and happens very quickly. Please don’t think it can’t happen to you.
52 children have already lost their lives due to vehicular heatstroke in 2018. It only takes 30 minutes sitting in 75 degree temperatures to warm up the inside of a car to 109 degrees. 9 children have been killed by vehicular heatstroke in 2019.
According to noheatstroke.org, 804 children have died due to pediatric vehicular heatstroke since 1998.
These are not isolated events.
Rear View Safety has developed the Brilliant Backseat Reminder System so you won’t forget any precious cargo left in the backseat. The Brilliant Backseat is equipped with two different alarms to alert you, or those nearby, that you have forgotten something, or someone in the backseat.
Here are some heatstroke safety tips from the Kids and Cars and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Not even for a minute!
- If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle call 9-1-1.
- Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies.
- Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices.
- Teach children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
- If a child is missing, always check the pool first, and then the car, including the trunk.
- Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
- Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.
- Keep a stuffed animal in the car-seat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver. Or place your purse, briefcase or cell phone in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car
Together we can stop this problem. Please be safe out there.