AAA: Change in Routine and Extreme Heat Pose Deadly Threat for Children
Parents who have made the tragic mistake of forgetting a child in a hot car often cite a change in routine as a contributing factor.
With that in mind, and as temperatures soar, AAA is reminding all parents and caregivers whose routines have been disrupted by ‘back to school’ to slow down and ‘Look before you Lock’ your car to ensure every child’s safety.
“This week, both parents and children are adjusting their sleep schedules and their daily routines, increasing the risk that a dozing or quiet child might be forgotten in the back seat,” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “In this extreme heat, the consequences could be deadly in a matter of minutes”.
According to the National Safety Council, there have already been 36 deaths in the US this year of children left in hot cars.
In fact, heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle related deaths for children under the age of 15, with an average of 37 fatalities per year since 1998.
In the past two decades, 779 children left in vehicles have died of heatstroke, hyperthermia, or other complications. In Connecticut, 4 children have died after being left in hot cars.
Studies have shown about 51 percent of child hot car deaths in vehicles were caused by adults forgetting the children.
As a precaution, AAA is encouraging parents to leave their phone, their computer or something they will notice right away that they are missing in the back seat with the child.
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