COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Every 10 days across the United States, a child dies while unattended in a hot car.
The most important things for parents and caregivers to understand is that a child’s body heats up seven times faster than an adult.
On average, there are nearly 100 child hot car related deaths or incidents that could have turned deadly across the U.S.
“Once a child gets into the danger zone, they become lethargic, limp and at some point, they even stop sweating just because their body is trying to go into that mechanism to preserve,”said Pam Fair, director of Safe Kids Columbus.
Parents are often busy and on the go, and a lot of heatstrokes happen when caregivers becomes distracted.
Fair said studies show that when kids are left in a vehicle for a long period of time, there was a parent who was off routine.
“Let’s say one parent normally takes a child to daycare but for some reason that parent can’t do it, so a different parent or caregiver does that activity that morning. We are such creatures of routine that we don’t go to the daycare, we just go to our job,” said Fair.
Fair said it’s important for parents to teach their kids not to play in or around cars.
“Sometime children will enter a vehicle maybe to retrieve something and then they don’t understand how to get back out,”said Fair.
Teach them if they ever feel trapped inside of a car to keep blowing the horn to draw attention.
Fair said there’s an easy way to make sure you never forget your child in the back of your vehicle.
If your child is left alone in a hot car, call 911 immediately for help.