With summer in full
swing, the Indiana State Police is reminding folks not to leave children in
year, particularly during the summer months, there are reports of child
deaths as a result of being left in hot cars. According to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), cars parked in direct
sunlight can reach internal temperatures of 131 to 170 degrees when outside
temperatures are 80 to 100 degrees.
temperatures in the 60s can cause internal car temperatures to rise well
And even with the
window rolled down two inches, the interior temperature of the car can rise
to well over 100 degrees in as little as 15 minutes.
A study by the
Department of Earth Climate Sciences at San Francisco State University
reports that, as of June 25, 2014, 13 children in the U.S. have died this
year of heatstroke after being left in a hot car.
A total of 44
children died in 2013.
And since 1998, 619
children have died, on average 38 per year.
tragedies can be easily avoided by following these tips:
* Never leave a
child unattended in a car. Not even for a minute.
* If you see a
child unattended in a car, call 911
* Be sure that all
occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don't overlook sleeping babies.
* Always lock your
car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices.
* IF A CHILD IS
MISSING, ALWAYS CHECK THE POOL FIRST, AND THEN THE CAR, INCLUDING THE TRUNK.
* Teach your
children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
* Keep a stuffed
animal in the car seat and when the child is put in the seat place the
animal in the front with the driver.
* Or place your
purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child
in the car.
* Make “look before
you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
* Have a plan that
your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for