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Tips to Protect Your Kids Against Heatstroke

by Safe Kids Oklahoma

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According to Safe Kids USA, on average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. In more than half of these deaths, the caregiver forgot the child was in the car.

A child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s. When a child is left in a hot vehicle, that child’s temperature can rise quickly — and they could die within minutes!

  • AVOID injury or death by never leaving your child in a car alone and always locking the doors and trunk of unattended vehicles. Teach kids not to play in cars.
  • 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. Develop a plan with your daycare so that if your child is late, you’ll be called within a few minutes.
  • 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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