Preventing heat stroke for children

Published: Jun. 18, 2019 at 9:07 AM CDT
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52 kids died in America last year from heat stroke after being left in a hot car.

Aside from accidents, heat stroke is the leading cause of vehicle-related deaths for kids, but there are ways to remind you of your kid in the car.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide every year child deaths have increased since 1998, but there are things like apps, gadgets and car seats that alert you of movement in the backseat.

Child Injury Prevention Coordinator for Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Victoria Ingerle says it's important to keep our cars locked, 26% of heat stroke deaths happened from kids climbing in hot cars. She added “If we don't lock our cars up what can happen is they can gain access and once they're in and the door slams shut or pulls shut sometimes they can’t figure out how to get out of the car”

In fifteen minutes your car could heat up almost 20-degrees, so that quick trip to the gas station is a bad idea.

If you accidentally leave your kid in the car it doesn't mean you love your child any less. Ingerle says “it all has to do with the fact that we are so distracted in today’s society that it is so easily that our mind can have 50 different thoughts in a matter of moments.” that is what creates our problem it has nothing to do with the love we have for our children."

In May of 2018 the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation introduced legislation that would require new passenger vehicles to be equipped with a visual and auditory alert system to remind caregivers to check the rear seat.