Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area
ensuring success in children age 0-5 in hardin and marshall county, iowa
Hot Car Deaths Are Preventable
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Summer is already here as you read this July newsletter. Now that the weather is getting hotter it is important to learn about ways to prevent hot car deaths. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) since 1998, 912 children have died from being left in a hot car. These deaths could have been prevented.
NHTSA reports that “A child's body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult's. When a child is left in a hot vehicle, that child's temperature can rise quickly and they could die within minutes.” Transporting children in a vehicle to and from child care is provided mainly by parents. Some early childhood professionals also provide transportation not only to their program but also for field trips.
Hot Car Death Facts * Source: NHTSA website
Awareness Is Prevention
Parents, caregivers, and child care providers can all help prevent these deaths. For more information on preventing hot car deaths visit: https://www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/heatstroke. If you witness a child in a hot car and feel they may be in danger, please call 9-1-1 immediately for officer assistance.
Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Director
Disclosure: Carrie Kube is a Director for the Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board. All thoughts and opinions expressed are that of the author and not the Board and/or its community partners.
Source: Heidi Hotvedt, IDPH HCCI Coordinator