Parents and caregivers are always looking for ways to keep their children safe and out of harm’s way. With the unofficial kick-off to summer just around the corner, it is important to make sure that you and those individuals that you entrust to watch your children are aware of the dangers of hot car deaths. There are many myths out there related to this area that are simply not true and can endanger the lives of children. Make sure you can separate fact from fiction, so you can prevent tragedy from striking your family this summer.
Myth 1: I could never forget my child in the car.
Fact: When parents hear about children who have died in hot car deaths, this is often their reaction. Parents often want to believe that the parents who have left their children in cars are cruel or at the very least, very thoughtless parents. However, this is not the case. Yes, there are people who intentionally leave their children in cars to die, however, the vast majority of hot car deaths are of loving and caring parents who are often stressed or simply out of routine.
Myth 2: Heatstroke only happens on hot summer days.
Fact: Heatstroke becomes fatal when a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees. However, that does not mean the temperature outside must be in the triple digits. On a day in the mid-50 is the inside temperature of a car can reach 110 degrees. While summer months do see the highest number of hot car deaths, in fact, every month except January has a recorded child death from heatstroke after being left or trapped in a car.
Myth 3: It okay to leave a child alone in a car for just a minute.
Fact. This is one mistake parents and caregivers make that can quickly become deadly. Parents often think it is safe to leave children in a car, with the window cracked or if the vehicle is parked in the shade for just a minute. On an 80 degree day, a car can reach a deadly temperature in 10 minutes. Small children are especially sensitive to the heat. Excessive heat can lead to serious injury including loss of hearing, blindness, and even permanent brain damage. Studies have also found that parking in the shade or cracking a window has little effect.
Myth 4: Heatstroke can only happen when a person forgets a child in the car.
Fact. While about half of all child car deaths related to heatstroke occur when an adult forgets a child in the car, about one-third happen as a result of a child who is playing in a car who becomes trapped. One way to prevent this type of tragedy from happening to your child or even a child in your neighborhood is always to keep your vehicle locked. Do not allow children to play in or around vehicles or with a key fab. It is also a good idea to teach older children about the dangers of playing in and around cars.
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