It is the beginning of summer break and I wanted to take the time to remind parents, caregivers, schools and organizations, to Look Before You Lock! Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash-related fatalities for children 14 and younger. From 1998-2014 636 children died due being unattended in a vehicle.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW ABOUT HEATSTROKE
- Children are at a higher risk than adults of dying from heatstroke in a hot vehicle especially when they are too young to communicate.
- A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult’s.
- In 10 minutes a car can heat up 20 degrees. Rolling down a window does little to keep it cool.
- Heatstroke fatalities have occurred even in vehicles parked in shaded areas and when the air temperatures were 80 degrees F or less.
- Heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees.
We here at Zychowicz Skeldon we wish everyone a safe summer and remember to look before you lock! For more information go to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)