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For Immediate Release,
6/16/2014
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 
Can’t take the heat? Neither can your children
NSC urges Americans to look before they lock to prevent vehicle-induced heatstroke 
 
Itasca, IL – Just because a car isn’t moving doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. In 2013, 43* children died from heatstroke inside vehicles – one of the deadliest years to date. These tragedies can happen to anyone, but are preventable with the proper education and action.
 
This National Safety Month, the National Safety Council is calling on all parents and caregivers to take an extra look before stepping out of their vehicles to ensure safety of their children and pets. The difference can be life or death. Children overheat three to five times faster than adults. Even in 70-degree weather, a vehicle can reach a life-threatening temperature in just minutes.
 
"Nobody ever thinks something like this could happen to them, until it does," said Deborah Hersman, NSC president and CEO. "Unfortunately, every summer, dozens of children die as a result of high temperatures inside of cars. These unintended mistakes can devastate families, so make sure you always look before you lock your vehicle."
 
Follow these simple steps to ensure a safe trip, every time:
  • Never leave your child unattended in a car
  • Use reminders, such as leaving something you need in the back seat (like your purse, briefcase or phone)
  • Always lock the doors of your car after you have exited – children may get into cars on their own and become trapped inside
  • If you spot a child alone in a car, don't hesitate – call 9-1-1 
National Safety Month encourages safe behaviors to prevent the leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths. The Council’s National Safety Month campaign, Safety: it takes all of us, includes free downloadable materials on summer safety. Visit nsc.org/nsm to get involved.
 
*According to Safe Kids Worldwide
 
About the National Safety Council  
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.
 
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