Amanda Krupa from the American Academy of Pediatrics shared that a child left in a hot car can die of heat stroke very quickly. But this tragedy can be prevented.
Here are some facts about hot cars and tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep kids safe.
Facts about child heatstroke in cars
• Heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in children under age 15.
• Heat stroke can happen when the body is not able to cool itself quickly enough.
• A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult does.
• When left in a hot car, a child’s major organs begin to shut down when his temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
• A child can die when his temperature reaches 107 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Cars heat up quickly. In just 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Cracking a window and/or air conditioning does little to keep it cool once the car is turned off.
• Heat stroke can happen when the outside temperature is as low as 57 degrees Fahrenheit.
Any parent or caregiver, even a very loving and attentive one, can forget a child is in the back seat.
Being especially busy or distracted or having a change from the usual routine increases the risk. Read more