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Summer Heat – Know the Facts about Child Heatstroke

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Know the Facts about Child Heatstroke

In ten minutes a car can heat up 20 degrees.

What if you keep a window open? Unfortunately, rolling down a window does very little to keep your vehicle cool. It will not prevent heatstroke.

Remember, it is never okay to leave a child alone in a car, even for a few minutes, and even if you keep the car engine running.

Higher Risk

A child is at a much higher risk than an adult of dying from heatstroke in a hot vehicle – especially when the child is too young to communicate.

A child overheat up to five times faster than an adult.

Even when it is cloudy

Children can be victim of heatstroke even on cloudy days and even in outside temperatures below 70 degrees. When the outside temperature is 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach up to 110 degrees. A child dies when the body temperature reaches 107 degrees.

107 degrees

Always Remember to Look Twice

Never leave a child alone in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down, or air conditioning on. Look twice before you lock the car.

More Safety Tips for Parents: Safercar.gov

Laws against Leaving a Child Unattended in a Vehicle

Currently 19 states have laws that specifically prohibits leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. In other states, existing child endangerment laws may be enough to charge with a criminal offense. Read more about leaving an unattended child in a vehicle

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