Summer Tips for Hot Car Safety

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This summer reached record high temperatures worldwide, which can be great for enjoying vacation outdoors.

Sadly, this heat also brings unpredictable circumstances which can be dangerous and sometimes fatal for babies, young children, and pets. As a specialist in car safety, resqme, Inc. strives to spread awareness on how heat can affect the well being of kids inside a car, and has some tips for making sure that everyone remains happy and healthy in the final days of summer:

“When the weather outside is above 65 degrees the temperature inside a parked vehicle will increase by twenty degrees in ten minutes which can lead to serious injuries to children if they are left inside. Children’s body temperature rises up to five times faster than adults and this heat exhaustion can rapidly lead to heatstroke.

The number of young children casualties so far in 2018 have already surpassed the yearly average. Believe it or not, it can happen to anyone. On average a child passes away every nine days in the USA due to heatstroke. In most cases, the children are either forgotten in the back seat or they accidentally lock themselves inside the car.”

But what does one do when they find a child who might be in danger? resqme addresses that as well:

“Sometimes the only way to save a child who is trapped inside a car is to break a side window. Fortunately, The Good Samaritans Law is here to protect anyone from legal consequences when causing damage to a vehicle in order to save a life.

Never hesitate to rescue a child in danger, and if you see a child alone inside a car always follow these three steps:

1. Call 911 if you see a child unattended in a car
2. Check for an unlocked door. In none, break the window furthest away from the child
3. Remove the child from the car and stay with the child until help arrives”

As the summer ends and fall approaches, many all over America will still be affected by the dangers of heat even in the midst of autumn. But whatever the season, keeping an eye out for trapped or forgotten children and pets can help to save a life.


Online editor for Hers magazine.

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