Preventing Hot Car Deaths
I.C.O.E® Bracelet wants to keep our children healthy and alive during these blistering hot days of summer. We’re busy with summer travel – vacations, trips to the pool, lake, water or splash park or just to the store. These trips can be deadly with a little one in the back seat. We love making emergency contact bracelets for our little ones so we share these facts from the National Safety Council.
Vehicular Heatstroke – the numbers are increasing.
In 2018, 52 children died in hot cars – the deadliest year on record in the past 20 years. Since 1998 almost 800 children have died from vehicular heatstroke. Whether it’s a mistake or just wanting to take a few minutes running into a convenience store, the temperature inside a closed vehicle skyrockets.
When the outside temperature is 80 degrees, after 10 minutes the inside temperature of a car reaches 90 degrees. After 20 minutes it reaches 109 degrees. That’s oppressively hot for an adult much less a child in the backseat or buckled up in a car seat. Here’s the full National Safety Council Estimated Vehicle Interior Temperatures. The interior vehicle temperature numbers can be smothering while it’s quite tolerable outside.
A Routine for Prevention
There are 7 tips from the National safety Council on how to prevent the horrible incident of vehicular heatstroke. Please go here Look Before You Lock and print off the little chart as a reminder.
7 tips summarized:
- Make it a routine to check the back door of your car
- If driving a child, leave something you need at your destination next to them in the backseat
- Ask your child care provider to call if the child doesn’t arrive as scheduled
- Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat then move it to the front seat when the child is in the back.
- Set an alarm as a reminder to drop off your child
- If your routine changes, make sure to tell the caregiver to call when the child is dropped off.
- Consider technology that alerts the driver to check the back seat
Education and awareness are key to preventing vehicular heatstroke. So please share the links provided from the National Safety Council
And don’t forget to have your child wear their I.C.O.E. Bracelet while out enjoying the summer. Like these friends are enjoying their time at the park.
Until Next Time!
About the Author: Michele Redmon is the owner of I.C.O.E. Bracelets. She loves the peace of mind these bracelets provide to parents, grandparents and children. With customer service a priority, she loves talking to her customers so drop her a line at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.