Even if you drive one of the safest cars on the market and you always make sure your kids are correctly restrained in their car seats, there are dangers every parent and relative needs to consider. Terrible and preventable car related accidents and heat stroke cases kill a large number of children in the USA every year.
A car doesn’t have to be moving to be dangerous.
People don’t realize that a car in a driveway can be potentially deadly. Children are not aware of the danger of playing behind parked cars, and their size can make them impossible to be seen from your car’s blind spots, this can lead to a child being run over. Did you know that blind spots are a deadly flaw for most SUVs? There are also other potential dangers for children in and around a car: power windows, trunk entrapment, drowings, falls from motor vehicles, seatbelt strangulations, carbon monoxide poisoning, underage drivers… Remember to always keep an eye on your kids when there is a vehicle is present, and invest in the proper safety tools to help in case of an emergency!
Frontovers and backovers represent the two main causes of non-traffic fatalities for children age 15 and under. It happens when the driver is moving and doesn’t see the kids standing in the blind spots in the front and in the back of the car. Be aware that the “blind zone” and “blind spots” got their name for obvious reasons: they’re the area behind, on the side and in front of a vehicle that the driver cannot see from the driver’s seat – and will not see if there is a child in those zones. “Two children every week are dying because they can’t be seen behind these larger vehicles that we’re driving” said Janette Fennell, the president and founder of the education and advocacy organization KidsAndCars.org.
To prevent these fatal accidents, it is important to teach children not to play in or around cars. The driver should also walk around the vehicle before entering and roll down the windows so you can hear if there are children present. Blind-spot mirrors are also a great investment to increase safety.
Heat stroke represent 16% of all of non-traffic deaths. Each year, an average of 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. Science show that everyone is capable of unknowingly leaving a sleeping baby in a car; this can lead to injury or even death. Stress or distractions are the main reasons people forget their children inside the vehicle. When children are locked inside a car, temperatures quickly rise, and they can get heat stroke. Learn more about the science behind the phenomenon of children forgotten in cars here.
If you see a child or pet left in a hot car it is important that you call 911. If you believe that the child is in immediate danger you should try to break a window to save the child. This can be done with a car escape tool like the resqme. Learn what to do here.
This article is mainly based on the research by Kidsandcars.org. Prevention and awareness are key, so we proudly partnered with Kidsandcars.org and are working hard to create awareness, and stop these preventable deaths from happening. Support the cause and get your KidsAndCars resqme tool here.
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THERE WERE 793 PREVENTABLE DEATHS BETWEEN 1990 – 2016
In an overwhelming majority of child vehicular heatstroke deaths, it was an otherwise loving, responsible parent that unknowingly left the child.
- 55% Unknowingly left
- 28% Got in on their own
- 13% Knowingly left
- 4% Unknown
HEATSTROKE FACTS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Heatstroke is clinically defined as when a person’s temperature exceeds 104 °F and their abilty to regulate their body temperature is compromised.
- When a core body temperature of 107°F or greater is reached, cells are damaged and internal organs begin to shut down. These events can rapidly lead to death.
- A child’s body temperature rises at a rate three to five times faster than an adult’s.
- Dizziness, disorientation, agitation, Symptoms confusion, sluggishness, seizure, hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat and hallucinations.
From 1990-2016, 186 children were killed by over-powered air bags in the front passenger seat. During that same time-frame more than 793 children died in hot vehicles. Children can be unknowingly left behind in the back seat by even the most responsible parents and caregivers. Always remember to open the back car door after parking your vehicle and ‘Look Before You Lock’.
- CALL 911 if you see a child unattended in a car
- Use the resqme tool to apply pressure in the bottom corner of the window where the glass is the weakest. If you see a life in danger, check for an unlocked door. If none, BREAK THE WINDOW FURTHEST AWAY FROM THE CHILD (protect your hands and eyes).
- REMOVE THE CHILD FROM THE CAR
NEVER LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN A VEHICLE. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Not even for a minute!
“LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK”
Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies. Make “Look Before you Lock” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
Place your handbag or cell phone in the backseat so you always open the backdoor to take it with you. Also, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is put in the car, place it up front with you as a reminder.
CHECK THE POOL
If a child is missing, always check the pool first, and then the car, including the trunk.
LOCK YOUR CAR
Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. Teach children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
VEHICLE TEMPERATURE INCREASES RAPIDLY
When it is 70°F outside, it can be 125°F or more inside the car. The temperature may increase 20°F every 10 minutes!
resqme, Inc. is a proud partner of the non-profit organization KidsAndCars.org (KAC) dedicated to preventing injuries and death to children in or around motor vehicles.
Every year an average of 37 children die from heatstroke inside of vehicles. Together we can help educate the public on the dangers of children and pets dying from situations just like these. Donate to their cause to help spread this education and make everyone aware of the dangers that exist. For more details visit KidsAndCars.org
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We are horrified!
Day after day, week after week, we read the worst.
A young woman of 35 years , Jennifer Wolfe drown after falling into a pond in the United States after being forced off the road by a reckless driver . She called her husband, begging him to find her, because she feared that no one had seen her accident .
Jennifer seemed panicked and which of us would not be.
The door and windows seemed to refuse to open.
Mrs. Wolfe had no rescue tool, and could not free herself from her vehicle. Her husband, James Wolfe, heard the last cries of his wife, the sounds of water and nothing more.
How nowadays, can we remain indifferent, and not react to the drama of Jennifer, a mother of two?
We beg people to become aware that an accident of this type can happen. And when your vehicle is submerged in water not to open the door and the windows of your car, grab a rescue tool to keep your life before it is too late!
Today, we were in tears at the words of the journalist, Briona Arradondo Channel 9 News.
A grieving family, two children drowned in this accident in Tennessee.
Family members, their friends and all of Bledsoe County are in tears after losing two children in the car accident submerged in a pond on Mount Rigsby Monday night.
The car slid off the narrow road and ended its path in a pond, parents rushed to help the children.
Parents had removed a two year old and a one year old without risk, but soon the car to started sinking and it flooded with cold water. Bledsoe County EMS and many other rescuers arrived at the scene at 8:45pm .
The boy, six weeks old, Emoch Einwechter and the little girl of three years, Susan Einwechter, were under water for about 30 minutes and drowned, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol .
We can not remain indifferent to so much drama , it is time that each of us take the time to educate ourselves, teach our children to swim, read the prejudices and advice on road safety.
We responded to the article published by news- presse.com : http://www.news-press.com/article/20140310/NEWS0101/140310001/Firefighters-rescue-driver-from-atop-submerged-vehicle?nclick_check=1
We recently saw the article on your website about the man being rescued while on top of his submerged vehicle. We are so happy he was able to escape. However, we noticed that at the bottom of the article was instructions on how to escape a vehicle if submerged underwater. The tip given was if you are unable to open the windows in time, to let the vehicle fill with water and then attempt to open the door. We wanted to share another practice that is both safer and more efficient for yourselves and your readers. Please see the link attached as it may help to save a life. Thank you so much for your time. Please call or email us with any questions you may have, we would be happy to help. Have a safe day!
Thank you . “
We wanted to remind everyone of the four life-saving steps :
1 . SEAT BELTS (Remove or cut)
2 . SIDE WINDOWS (Open or break)
3 . CHILDREN (From largest to smallest)
4 . EXIT
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According to the World Health Organization’s recent 2013 Global Status Report on Road Safety, “worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year.” The report indicates that only 28 countries have comprehensive safety laws that cover key risk factors. The report is to serve as a “baseline for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, declared by the UN General Assembly.”
Part of resqme, Inc.’s mission statement is to provide the latest in safety information regarding road and highway safety. Below is an infographic by WHO detailing facts regarding road injuries.
A staggering 1.24 million road traffic deaths occur each year. To view additional infographics in English, as well as Spanish and French, please visit here. The infographics also detail key risk factors which include:
1. Drinking and driving,
3. Failing to use motorcycle helmets
4. Failing to use seat-belts
5. Failing to use child restraints.
According to a press release statement from earlier this year, the report also “highlights the importance of issues such as vehicle safety standards; road infrastructure inspections; policies on walking and cycling; and aspects of pre-hospital care systems. It also indicates if countries have a national strategy which sets measurable targets to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads.” The report also indicates groups who are most at risk for road safety deaths including: young people, pedestrians, and those living in the WHO Africa Region.
The life-saving awareness and critical information the report provides will hopefully affect change at levels of government who are in charge of road safety regulation and legislation. Millions of innocent lives can be saved with fundamental understanding of risks and how to prevent them.
It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week and parents across the nation struggle with how to address tough topics with their teens, but one of the most important topics to talk about is frequently forgotten — how to drive safely.
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killers of teens in America. In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes – with almost half (45%) of those teen drivers being killed in those crashes.
Yet, a recent survey shows that only 25 percent of parents have had that “serious” talk with their teens about the key components of safe driving.
It’s sometimes easy to forget that teens are only children, and they still have a lot to learn. What parents teach them about driving safely and responsibly may just help save their life.
That’s why local and state highway safety and law enforcement organizations teamed up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to launch a new National Teen Driver Safety Week campaign called “5 to Drive.”
This parent education campaign is designed to challenge and encourage parents to talk it out with their teens and to regularly “set the rules before they hit the road.”
Each day during teen safety week, NHTSA features tips for parents to help keep their teens safe behind the wheel. Set the rules before they hit the road:
1. No Cell Phones While Driving.
Teens texting or dialing while driving have proven to be recipes for disaster. In 2011, 270 people were killed in crashes involving distracted teen drivers. REMEMBER, One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.
2. No Extra Passengers.
Research shows that the risk of a fatal crash goes up in direct relation to the number of teens in the car. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior when traveling with multiple passengers increased to three times. REMEMBER, No extra passengers in the car.
3. No Speeding.
4. No Alcohol.
Although all States have zero tolerance laws for drinking and driving under 21, 505 people died in crashes in which 14- to 18-year-old drivers had alcohol in their systems. Nationally in 2011, 27 percent of teen drivers killed had some level of alcohol in their systems. Parents should show zero tolerance for any sign of impaired driving. Teens need to hear this again and again: REMEMBER, No Drinking and Driving.
5. No Driving or Riding Without a Seat Belt.
Teenage belt use is not what it should be. In 2011, over half of the teen occupants of passenger vehicles who died were unrestrained. Teens, and all adults for that matter, need to buckle up every trip, every time, day and night, no matter the distance. REMEMBER, Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time – Front-Seat and Back.
If you are a parent, you’ve tried to protect your kids their entire lives. So don’t hand them the keys to a 2-ton machine and expect them to know what to do.
Please talk to your kids—this week and every week—about how to be smart and safe behind the wheel.
Remember, the “5 to Drive” – Always Set the Rules Before Your Teens Hit the Road. For more information about national Teen Driver Safety Week and the new “5 to Drive” campaign, please visit www.safercar.gov/parents/teendriving.htm.
Article via: Traffic Safety Marketing
This week marks National Teen Driver Safety Week from October 20-26. According to teendriversource.org, “Motor vehicle crashes are the No.1 cause of death for adolescents.” This year’s theme is “It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving,” and focuses on ways that parents and their teens can work together to increase safety on the road.
resqme, Inc. believes in safety for all drivers and that new drivers need special help as they start their journey on becoming good motorists and fellow drivers. resqme, Inc. encourages parents to talk to their kids about safety and set rules about driving. You can support your teenagers by educating them about motorist safety and being available to them as a resource.
Below is a PDF to help parents get started on talking with their teens as new drivers. Learn more at: www.teendriversource.org.
You can download the PDF directly to share here.
-The resqme team
resqme, Inc. believes in safety both on and off the road. We are always proud to support organizations dedicated to spreading safety awareness in their community. This past weekend, the Blake Sutor Water Safety Foundation (BSWSF) put on an event to spread awareness about water safety for families in their hometown. According to the CDC, “Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.” The BSWSF is headed by Trina Hadley and Eric Sutor and water safety, especially regarding children, is an important cause to them.
Blake Sutor Water Safety Foundation was founded in 2011 after the near drowning accident of the founders’ child, Blake. Blake Sutor’s accident occurred on April 27, 2010. He was two years and two months old. He has had a long road of recovery. He is currently walking with a walker; far from the child brought home that couldn’t hold his head up or swallow. Trina Hadley and Eric Sutor’s greatest vision is to never have another family go through what they have.
As related by Trina Hadley, “Another foundation actually came out and teamed up with our efforts to educate the community on water safety. That foundation was Just Against Children Drowning, founded by Paul DeMello. We set up a table right next to the kids’ workshop that was going on at Home Depot. While they were in line or passing by we spoke to the families. We asked them if they had a pool, if their children knew how to swim and various water safety elements. We gave them brochures and water watcher tags and they had a chance to win a resqme tool at our drawing. We stressed how important such a simple tool is to have with them and how it could save their life and the lives of those that are with them if they ended up in a car being submerged. We appreciate the work of Trina and Eric and wish Blake the best of luck on his road to recovery. See the slideshow below for more pictures of the event.
To learn more, visit the Blake Sutor Water Safety Foundation Facebook page.
-The resqme team
Today is National Seat Check Saturday. It is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to make sure their children are in the right car seat.
According to the NHTSA and the US Department of Transportation, “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old. Based on NHTSA crash data in 2010, almost an average of 2 children (age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle) were killed and 325 were injured each day. This fatality rate could be reduced by about half if the correct child safety seat were always used.” Further, children might not be in the correctly sized car seat for their age and size or properly secured.
National Seat Check Saturday is an opportunity to reduce the risk of fatal injury to children in car seats. Right now, “3 out of 4 kids are not as secure in the car as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly.” You can visit an Inspection Station where “certified technicians will inspect your child car seat, in most cases, free of charge – and show you how to correctly install and use it.”
To visit your local Child Car Seat Inspection Station, you can locate it by searching here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm
Check out this infographic to learn more about Car Seat Recommendations:
-The resqme team
Is My Child as Safe as Possible in the Car? – The Question Every Parent Needs to Ask
By NHTSA and Traffic Safety Marketing
Of the many questions you ask yourself every day, “Is my child as safe as possible in the car?” should be at the top of your list. The answer could be the difference between life, serious injury and death for your child.
Car crashes are a leading killer of children age 1 to 13. From 2007 to 2011 an estimated 634,000 children under 13 in cars, pickups, vans and SUVs were injured in crashes.
A child is much more fragile – and thus much more vulnerable in a car crash — than an adult. Your children count on you to keep them safe; it’s not just about putting them in car seats. The best way to protect your children is to place them in the right seats for their ages and size, install them correctly, and ensure that the car seats fit in your vehicle.
Research shows car seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers in cars, and 58 percent and 59 percent for infants and toddlers in SUVs, pickups and vans.
Some parents reading this may think their children are already safe because they ride in a large vehicle. But the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that SUVs are involved in a far larger number of crash-related deaths for children than other vehicles. Worse yet, over half of all children who died while riding in SUVs weren’t buckled in at the time of their deaths. Many families choose SUVs as their primary vehicles due to the number of passengers they can carry and the perceived safety of their size. But the vehicle alone can’t keep your kids safe.
That’s why events such as Child Passenger Safety Week, September 15-21, 2013, are so critical in helping parents choose the right seat for their children and learning how to use them the right way.
The highlight of the week is National Seat Check Saturday, September 21, where parents, guardians and other caregivers can have their children’s car seats inspected by Certified Child Passenger Safety technicians and learn how to install them the right way to keep their children safe. Technicians can help parents and caregivers determine if their children are ready to move from rear-facing to forward-facing seats, from forward-facing seats to booster seats, or from booster seats to seat belts. The technicians can also help make sure that your car seat is registered so that you’ll be notified in case your car seat is recalled.
If you can’t make it to a National Seat Check Saturday event, you can still have your car seat examined by a certified technician. To locate a Certified Child Passenger Safety technician in your area, go to nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting or download the free SaferCar app from the iTunes App Store. The service that the technicians offer is available year-round, by appointment, and is usually free of charge.
Parents, guardians and caregivers can also visit safercar.gov/parents to learn other tips on car seat safety, watch how-to videos and sign up for car seat recall notifications.