6 Tips to Help Prevent Heatstroke in Cars
Spring has definitely sprung! When there is a change of season, there is often the possibility of change in routines, from switching up who takes baby to daycare to bringing baby along for more errands. All of us recognize that a child should never be left unattended in the vehicle, but changes in routine are often the most sighted reason for accidentally leaving a child in the car.
The risks of leaving a child unattended in a car are many but the risk of heatstroke is one of the greatest as the weather begins to change. Although the temperatures outside may be hovering around 60 or 70 degrees, the inside of a car can reach more than 100 degrees in a short period of time. And as spring changes to summer the temperatures inside a car only get hotter faster. A good rule of thumb is to add 40 to the outside temperature and that is what the inside of the car will be in as little as 10-15 minutes.
This is truly one of those situations where most people will say this can’t happen to me or won’t happen to me – and while that may very well be true there is no harm in learning some of the tips to practice when you’re out and about enjoying the day with baby.
- When you put your child in his/her seat in the back seat of the car, put your phone, purse or briefcase on the floor of the back seat. When you go to retrieve it you’ll be able to see that your back seat is occupied or not.
- Set a calendar alert on your phone or PDF about your day care drop off responsibilities.
- Ask your daycare provider to make it routine to call both parents when a child doesn’t come to day care. It may be that a change in routine occurred and contacting both parents is important.
- Put a small stuffed animal in the passenger’s seat as a reminder that you have your child traveling with you.
- Always lock your car doors and teach children not to play in or around cars.
- Don’t be afraid to “get involved”. If you see a child unattended in a car – call 911 and report it.
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