National Heat Awareness Day is observed each year on the last Friday in May. Heat is one of the leading weather killers in the United States resulting in numerous fatalities each year. Unfortunately, many of these deaths are children. Approximately 40 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles.
Summer is supposed to be a time of fun and freedom for children. But, too often during the summer months, a child left alone in a vehicle dies due to heatstroke. Already this year 18 children died due to heatstroke, in addition to the 44 children we lost in 2013.
It happens to all of us. Our routine changes or we were up late the night before and we are functioning on little to no sleep and the only way to run is on auto-pilot. We’re driving, distracted by thoughts and resulting in forgetting several things-including our precious cargo-our quiet, sleeping baby in the back seat.
Baby Safety Zone, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds everyone to follow safety tips and information to prevent heatstroke, especially among children.
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