Preventing Heatstroke

While we have had a fairly cool summer this year, there are still risks of Heatstroke. Pittsfield Township’s Department of Public Safety has asked me to share the following tips on preventing Heatstroke from Safe Kids Coalition Huron Valley Chapter.

Safe Kids Coalition Huron Valley Chapter:

As Summer Ends, Threat of Heatstroke Remains

“Reminds Parents / Caregivers about Dangers of Unattended Children in Cars”

Although Labor Day often signals the end of summer, parents and caregivers must continue to be diligent and never leave children alone in vehicles. So far this year, 21 children have died from heatstroke while unattended in vehicles in states all across the country.

Together, we can reduce the number of heatstroke deaths and near misses by remembering to ACT.

Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.

Create reminders by putting something on the backseat of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.

Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 9-1-1. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

To learn more safety tips, visit: http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke

Even when it isn’t super hot it is always a good idea to be proactive. I never even thought about not leaving the car unlocked. I will admit that I am fairly lax on remembering to lock my car while it is in the garage. I should be more proactive about remembering to keep it locked.

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