PREVENTING VEHICULAR HEATSTROKE: LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK
Vehicular Heatstroke occurs when a child is left in a hot vehicle causing their body temperatures to rise to lethal temperatures.
Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches approximately 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Should that temperature rise to 107 degrees, the results are usually fatal.
In 10 minutes, a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees.
Even at an outside temperature of only 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees.
“Look Before You Lock” is a campaign designed to ensure that parents, caregivers and guardians don’t forget that they have a child in their vehicle.
– Always check the back seats of your vehicle before your lock it and walk away.
– Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat.
– If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely. Ask your childcare provider to call if your child doesn’t show up for care as expected.
– Keep your vehicle locked and keep your keys out of reach; nearly 3 in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gains access to an unattended vehicle.