Children are at serious risks for heat-related injuries in Fort Collins and elsewhere because of the summer season. Oftentimes, these children are left in hot cars and have to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, these aren’t fair battles. Heatstroke continues to be the number one cause of car-related, non-crash accidents for kids who are under the age of 14-years-old. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 50 kids in this young age group who were killed after they were left in a hot vehicle in the U.S. in 2011. Although this serves as a decrease from the previous year, we’re still facing far too many child fatalities as a result of these oftentimes preventable accidents.
To help to bring down this number even more and to help raise awareness about these accidents, the NHTSA recently teamed up with Safe Kids Worldwide. Through the entire month, officials will be putting on events throughout the country to raise awareness. Our Fort Collins injury attorneys are reminding parents, guardians and child care providers to check the entire car before turning it off, getting out and locking up. Adults are urged to check both the front and back seats for children to help to reduce these risks.
Our weather has been in the mid to upper 90s lately. This is alarming when you figure that it only takes temps in the mid-80s to induce a heatstroke injuries to a child left in a vehicle. It’s not even okay to leave a child in a car with the windows cracked and the windows down. It only takes a matter of minutes for their little bodies to heat up to deadly temps.
Tips to Reduce the Risks of Heat-Related Injuries:
-Never leave your kid alone in a motor vehicle.
-Teach children that vehicles are not playgrounds.
-Keep car keys out of reach and out of sight of small children.
-Make sure that you check both the front and the back seats before getting out of the car.
-Keep something important in the back seat so that you’re forced to turn around each time you exit.
-If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call authorities immediately.