If last week's excruciating heat wave is any indication of how this summer will play out, it may turn out to be the hottest one on record.
This year, 16 children have already died after being left in hot, parked cars, and summer has only just begun. When it's hot outside, the temperature inside a parked car can rise to fatal heatstroke levels within minutes, even if the windows are partially open. Learn more at parking.org/safety.
Here are six ways you can save a child from dying in car this summer:
- Never leave your child in a parked car. Never. Not even for a minute. An infant could die of hyperthermia in just 15 minutes on a 75-degree day.
- Never leave your car without checking the backseat. Put your purse, wallet or phone in back as a reminder.
- Call 911 if you see a child alone in a car. Every minute counts.
- Seat your child behind the front passenger seat, where you'll more likely be able to see him/her.
- Always lock your car. If your child is missing, check the pool, car and trunk of your car immediately. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
- Arrange for your childcare provider to call if your child doesn't arrive on time.