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Tips to Protect Your Kids Against Heatstroke

by Safe Kids Oklahoma

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According to Safe Kids USA, more than 500 children have died since 1998 due to heatstroke (hyperthermia) after being left in a car unattended. Safe Kids remind us all to ACT to prevent hyperthermia.

  • AVOID injury or death by never leaving your child in a car alone and always locking the doors of unattended vehicles.
  • CREATE habits such as contacting other caregivers when you take your child to drop-off, placing other necessities (such as your purse or briefcase) in the seat next to your child or set a cellphone alarm as a reminder.
  • TAKE action if you see an unattended child in a vehicle—call 911 immediately and follow the instructions of emergency personnel.

Warning signs of hyperthermia include: red, hot skin; no sweating; rapid pulse or a slow and weak pulse; nausea; confusion or strange behavior. If your child exhibits these symptoms after spending time outdoors or in a hot car, cool your child and call 911.

Find more summer safety tips at Safe Kids USA (www.safekids.org) and the local chapter of Safe Kids Oklahoma (www.safekidsok.org).

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