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.
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
to Safe Kids Worldwide
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.