Officials warn of heat stroke among kids while in cars as temperatures rise

Officials warn of heat stroke among kids while in cars as temperatures rise
Updated: May. 9, 2018 at 6:35 PM EDT
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(WTVM) - As we approach the hotter months of the year, the dangers of heat stroke while in the car increase, especially for children.

"The first thing that parents should know is that a child's body heats up seven times faster than an adult," says Pam Fair, the director of Safe Kids Columbus.

On average, every 10 days, a child dies from heat stroke in a vehicle nationally, that's according to Safe Kids of Columbus. Incidents peak between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

For example, it may be 88 degrees outside but by the time you get inside your car and shut your door, its already 102 degrees in this type of weather.

During the day, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise by nearly 20 degrees in 10 minutes, according to experts.

"Unfortunately, heat stroke particularly in the south, we see that every year and the numbers seem to be rising each year," says Fair.

Fair says heat stroke death in a vehicle, especially in children, is a tragedy that's 100 percent preventable.

"I teach parents to use the ACT acronym to avoid heatstroke," says Fair.

Simple devices such as attachable blinds for cars can tell you when it's too hot for your child to be inside the car.

The Muscogee County Coroner says in the past six years the county has seen six heat-related deaths and one adult death inside a vehicle due to heat. Fair says parents should look for symptoms of heat stroke and seek medical attention as needed.

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