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.