The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working to boost vehicular heatstroke education and prevention efforts around the country. Please take this opportunity to learn about how to prevent a child from dying of heatstroke in a hot vehicle.
Since a young child’s body temperature may spike up to five times faster than an adult’s would, heatstroke can happen quickly, and the consequences are tragic. In fact, a child dies nearly every 10 days from vehicular heatstroke. And even if the child survives the ordeal, they can suffer catastrophic and permanent injuries such as blindness or brain damage.
The signs of heatstroke can include:
- Red, hot, and moist or dry skin
- No sweating
- A strong, rapid pulse or a slow, weak pulse
- Grouchy, erratic, or unusual behavior
If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call the police. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly (not an ice bath but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose). Visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/child-safety#topic-heatstroke for more information.Free Initial Consultation