August is Never Leave a Child Unattended in a Car month
Temperatures are soaring outside and the lazy days of summer have officially kicked in. School is over, schedules are rearranged, and the summer mindset is casual and worry free. But in the summer more than ever, people should be extra vigilant about keeping track of the whereabouts of their children, and that’s why August is Never Leave a Child Unattended in a Car month.
Although it may seem incredible, the statistics on parents accidentally leaving their children in the back of their vehicles during the summer is extremely high. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatalities for children age 14 and under, and that one child will die from heatstroke almost every 10 days after being accidentally left outside in a hot vehicle.
It’s a fact that for children, heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees, so the sun doesn’t have to be scorching outside to cause danger to your children. Keep your kids safe this summer by following these quick tips:
- Don’t leave your child unattended in a vehicle
- Always look in the back seat before you exit your vehicle
- Lock your vehicle doors and hang your keys somewhere your children can’t access them
- If you see a child in a hot vehicle unattended anywhere, call 911 immediately