Yesterday in Washington State, a 5-year-old boy died after gaining access to the trunk of a family car. The temperature of the trunk was 123 degrees when the boy was found. Safe Kids Worldwide informs us to reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT.
· A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
· C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
· T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
For more information on this and other safety-related topics, go to the Safe Kids Worldwide website at http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke.