Even here in the Midwest, summer temperatures can reach dangerous levels. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a safety warning reminding everyone of the dangers associated with leaving a child unattended in a vehicle in summer months. Outside of car accidents, heatstroke is the top cause of vehicle-related fatalities for children in the United States.
“On average, one child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle nearly every 10 days in the United States. Since 1998, there have been 760 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths – including 18 already this year,” the NHTSA wrote in the statement.
According to the National Safety Council, it only takes ten minutes for the temperature inside an automobile to rise by 20 degrees. In hot weather, this increase could be enough to result in a fatality or severe heat illness.
Do not leave children or pets alone in a vehicle. Check the back seat each time you leave your car. Always lock the vehicle and keep the keys out of reach to keep curious children from locking themselves inside.
If you see a child in a hot vehicle, make sure the child is responsive. If not, call 911. The NHTSA recommends searching for the parent and potentially attempting to get into the car to assist a child in distress; some states have “Good Samaritan” laws for exactly this type of circumstance.
If you’re spending time outdoors on a hot day, be sure to stay hydrated and apply sunscreen regularly. Summer is a fun time of year, but it’s important to remember safety practices and take care of yourself in the hot weather.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.