Tips to help prevent child vehicular heat stroke this summer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Tips to help prevent child vehicular heat stroke this summer

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Every summer, there are countless reports of people dying in hot vehicles.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, more than 70 percent of heat stroke deaths occur in children younger than the age of two.

And according to the national non-profit organization kidsandcars.org, at least 44 children in the United States died from heat stroke in 2013, caused by being left alone in a car. At least 13 children have died in 2014 for the same reason.

These cases happen when kids are left unattended in a hot car - sometimes because the driver forgets the child is there, or when kids get into unlocked cars without any adult knowing it happened.

Experts from safekids.org say that to reduce the number of deaths caused by heat stroke, remember the simple acronym ACT.

  • A - avoid leaving a child in a vehicle alone, not even for a minute.
  • C - create a reminder by putting something in the back of your car next to your child.
  • T - take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911.
Remember, one phone call can save a child’s life.

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