Your Healthy Family

Jul 11, 2013 9:27 AM by Marissa Torres

Preventing tragedy

When temperatures outside begin to rise, the temperatures inside your car will rise even faster. That also increases the number of heatstroke deaths of children left in vehicles.

So far in the United States this year, 19 children have died after they were left behind in vehicles. According to "Safe Kids" - if its just 75 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can jump to 100 degrees in just 10 minutes. That goes up even more as the outside temperature rises.

100 degrees outside equals 140 degrees inside, and it can reach that in just 15 minutes. Child safety expert Susan Helms says there are some simple techniques you can try to keep your kids safe.

"Put our purse or our briefcase in the back seat with the children because that's going to be where we're going to need them at the next stop or if we are dropping our children off at childcare maybe their diaper bag needs to be in the front seat. Just little reminders so we won't be overcome with our rushed schedules."

Experts say parents can reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to A-C-T. The "a" - is for never leaving a child *alone in a car. C- meant to *create reminders in your car. And 't"- *take action. If you see a child alone in a car - call 9-1-1.



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