July 31, 2018 – Twenty-nine children have lost their lives in 2018 as a result of heatstroke. After crashes, heatstroke is the number two vehicle-related killer of children in the United States with an average of 37 fatalities nationwide per year. AAA South Dakota is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today, on National Heatstroke Prevention Day, in an attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of vehicular heatstroke and leaving children alone in hot cars.
Don’t be Fooled by the Temperature
If you’re under the impression that the 29 children killed by heatstroke so far this year died during a stifling heatwave, you’d be wrong. The second heatstroke death this year happened in Arizona, in March, at just 71 degrees. Thirteen of the 29 deaths (45 percent) happened at temperatures under 90 degrees. On an 80-degree day, the inside of a car can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes, and on a 95-degree day a car can heat up to over 180 degrees. Heatstroke can even occur in outdoor temperatures as low as 57 degrees.
“Parents and caregivers think this could never happen to them – they could never forget their child in the backseat of a car. However, in our fast-paced, sleep-deprived world, this tragic situation happens repeatedly,” said Marilyn Buskohl, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA South Dakota. “Make it a routine to look twice and check the back seat for children before you leave and lock the car. If you have to put a sticky note on your dashboard, an alarm on your phone, or a stuffed animal in the front seat to remember to take a child out of the car, do it.”
According to NHTSA, the top reasons for vehicular heatstroke deaths of children were:
AAA South Dakota and NHTSA offer tips to help parents and caregivers:
If you are a bystander and see a child in a hot vehicle:
The warning signs of heatstroke vary, but can include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin; no sweating; and dizziness, nausea, or confusion. If a child exhibits any of these signs after being in a hot vehicle, quickly spray the child with cool water or with a garden hose— NEVER put a child in an ice bath. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Find additional tips on keeping children safe at safekids.org.
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