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Heatstroke – Preventing a tragedy

Tuesday June 11, 2019

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to remind residents that leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke, even in cooler temperatures.

Sometimes babies are so peaceful and quiet in the backseat that we can forget they are even there, and it can be tempting to leave a sleeping baby in the car so we don’t have to wake them up while we quickly run into the store. On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. In more than half of these deaths, the caregiver forgot the child was in the car.

“A car can heat up 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. And cracking a window doesn’t help,” says Yvonne Atwood, Director of Personal Health and Disease Prevention. “Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s.”

Reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT.

Additionally, teach kids not to play in cars.

And lastly - go a step further: create extra reminders and communicate with your child careprovider.