Where's Baby?? Look Before You Lock: Kids in Hot Cars Don't Mix Gale Blomenkamp, Battalion Chief, MPIO/Parents Central/Safecar.gov - Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Vehicles heat up quickly. The National
Highway Traic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) and other safety advocates and
academic institutions have recognized the
safety threat heatstroke poses for leaving
children in hot cars. Here are the key facts.
Heatstroke is the leading cause of
non-crash-related fatalities for children
14 and younger.
• From 1998-2013 606 children died due
to heatstroke, representing 61 percent
of total non-crash fatalities in this age
group. Of the 606 deaths:
• 52% were forgotten in the vehicle.
• 29% gained access by themselves
and became trapped
• 18% were left intentionally
• 1% were unknown cases
• In 2013 44 children died of heatstroke
in the U.S.
• Children are at a higher risk than adults
of dying from heatstroke in a hot
vehicle especially when they are too
young to communicate.
• A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5
times faster than that of an adult’s.
High body temperatures can cause
permanent injury or even death.
• Heatstroke begins when the core
body temperature reaches about 104
degrees and the thermoregulatory
system is overwhelmed. A core
temperature of about 107 degrees
• In 10 minutes a car can heat up 20
degrees. Rolling down a window ...