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
*Check to see if a Good Samaritan Law exists in your state.
National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention and Awareness Day – How to Rescue a Child Left in a Hot Car
On average once every nine days a young child dies due to heatstroke in a vehicle. As part of National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention and Awareness Day, we remember these children and try to educate other families on the dangers of leaving a child in a car alone.
Stress, new parenthood and schedule changes can equal forgetfulness
Unfortunately, due to stress, changes in a schedule or distractions, we hear stories where a parent or caregiver has unknowingly left a child alone in a vehicle. Sadly, we also hear of many stories where the parent intentionally left the child in the car for a few minutes while running errands. Sometimes a parent driving on “autopilot” can actually lock and leave their car, forgetting the sleeping baby or toddler in the back seat. If it seems unbelievable, it is actually a that cycle continues year after year as the auto industry refuses to add simple, existing driver-reminder technology to their vehicles, and refusing to test new lifesaving options.
“The worst thing any parent or caregiver can do is think that this could never happen to them or that they are not capable of unknowingly leaving their child behind,” says Janette Fennell, founder and president of KidsAndCars.org, the leading national nonprofit child safety organization working solely to prevent injuries and deaths of children in and around motor vehicles. “This can and does happen to the most loving, responsible and attentive parents; no one is immune,” Fennell said.
Vehicular heatstroke – there is no safe temperature to leave a child inside a car alone
Summer approaches and already nine children have died from vehicle related heatstroke. That’s a 225% increase compared to last year at the same time. Since 1990, more than 750 children have died in such preventable tragedies. An average of 37 children die every year from vehicular heatstroke. Numerous states have enacted “Good Samaritan” laws protecting people who break a window to save a child locked inside, on the verge of heatstroke.
“We encourage individuals in all communities to take action if you see a child alone in a vehicle,” stressed Amber Andreasen, director of KidsAndCars.org. “Try to find the driver of the vehicle, call 911 and if the child seems to be in imminent danger, break the window furthest away from the child to rescue them.”
Carry your resqme keychain and be a ‘Good Samaritan’
You can use the resqme tool to break the window farthest away from the child. The spring-loaded device is tapped on the corner of a car window and the glass is shattered.
Look before you lock
One tip experts give is to leave a purse or cell phone in the backseat, forcing you to check the backseat before exiting and locking the car. Through KidsandCars’ “Look Before You Lock” educational campaign, they’ve distributed at least 750,000 safety information cards to birthing hospitals and new parents. This education campaign will continue, but at the same time technology is needed to prevent these tragedies.
For additional information, statistics and charts specific to child vehicular heat stroke visit http://www.kidsandcars.org/heatstroke-day.html and to purchase a resqme and donate to KidsAndCars, click the picture below:
Visit http://noheatstroke.org to find out more facts and stats about vehicular heatstroke and share with parents and community members.