Jan Null, CCM, of the Department of Meteorology and Climate Services at San Jose State University, provides a wealth of information about Heatstroke Deaths of Children in Vehicles at www.noheatstroke.org. Visit this site for current information about U.S. Child Vehicular Heatstroke Deaths and related resources. Mr. Null has tracked information starting with 1998 – present, provides monthly statistics, statistics by state, and has been published in Pediatrics. An overview of state laws, heatstroke defined, and vehicle heating dynamics are also provided. The following safety recommendations are also shared:
“Parents and other caregivers need to be educated that a vehicle is not a babysitter or play area … but it can easily become tragedy”
- NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE. NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE !
- IF YOU SEE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A HOT VEHICLE CALL 9-1-1.
- Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies
- Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. Teach children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
- IF A CHILD IS MISSING, ALWAYS CHECK THE POOL FIRST, AND THEN THE CAR, INCLUDING THE TRUNK.
- Keep a stuffed animal in the carseat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver. Or place your purse, briefcase or cell phone in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.
- Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
- Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.