National Heatstroke Awareness Day is July 31, 2018.
Heatstroke tragedy can happen to any family. Be prepared to prevent it. Follow these tips to protect your child. Share them with family and friends so they understand the danger, too. Together, we can stop vehicular heatstroke deaths.
- Look Before You Lock. Get into the routine of always checking the back seat of your vehicle before your lock it and walk away.
- A Gentle Reminder. 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. Or place your phone, briefcase, or purse in the backseat when traveling with your child.
- A Routine Check. If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely.
- A Key to Safety. 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 a vehicle.
- Act Fast to Save a Life. If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911. Chances are the child was left by accident. If the child appears in distress or is non-responsive, remove the child from the vehicle and spray the child with cool water.
Information and Rescores are provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.