Dangers of leaving children unattended

It Will Never Happen to my Child!

The Dangers of Leaving Children Alone in or Around Cars

Leaving a child to die in a hot vehicle — most parents think it will never happen to them. Sadly, of the children that die in hot cars, more than 50 percent of them are “forgotten” in the car by a parent or caregiver. It is important that every parent take steps to make sure it does not happen to them! Children are more at risk for heatstroke because a child’s body temperature rises 3 to 5 times faster than an adult. Heatstroke can occur at body temperatures above 104 degrees. Even mild outside temperatures can pose a threat, but with Texas temperatures soon to be climbing into the upper 90s each day, the danger becomes even greater. The problem is that temperatures in parked vehicles rise very quickly. According to figures from San Francisco State University’s Department of Geosciences, in just 10 minutes, the temperature inside of a vehicle can increase by almost 20 degrees.


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