Children's Reminds Caregivers to Never Leave Children Alone in Vehicles
BIRMINGHAM - Since 1998, more than 660 children across the United States have died from heatstroke, also known as hyperthermia, while being left unattended in vehicles. Of those, five deaths have been recorded in Alabama since 2013. In 2015, 24 kids in the U.S. died from hyperthemia while in cars.
Experts at Children’s of Alabama remind caregivers to “ACT” to prevent future deaths from happening this summer.
• A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving a child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep vehicles locked when it’s not in use to keep children from venturing inside.
• C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of vehicle near child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone. This is especially important when not following a normal routine.
• T: Take action. Call 911 if you see a child alone in a vehicle. Emergency personnel want these reports and are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life
“Children’s and SafeKids Alabama are working to ensure that no child is alone in a car, not even for a minute,” said Marie Crew, SafeKids Alabama Coordinator. “On a hot summer days cars can heat up to 120 degrees and children do not tolerate heat nearly as well as most adults. We’re trying to prevent these tragic deaths by participating in an education and awareness program that provide these key points at childcare centers, doctor’s offices, hospitals and police and fire stations, but we certainly need help spreading the word.”
Additional prevention information can be found at www.safekids.org/heatstroke and www.noheatstroke.org.
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 41 other states and eight foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.