NHTSA issues heat stroke prevention tips for parents

NHTSA issues heat stroke prevention tips for parents

WASHINGTON (WTOC) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds parents about the dangerous temperatures inside enclosed vehicles.

In 2011, at least 33 children in the U.S. died after being left in unattended cars, and an unknown number of children suffer moderate to severe, permanent injuries due to heat stroke each year, according to the agency.

NHTSA's awareness campaign is called Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock.

NHTSA offers these heat stroke prevention tips for parents:

  • Never leave young children unattended in a car - even if the windows are open or the air conditioning is on.
  • Always make a habit of looking inside the vehicle from front to back before walking away.
  • Place a purse, briefcase, groceries or other items in the back seat to force you to check the back seat before you get out of the car.
  • Set a reminder on your cell phone to alert you to be sure you dropped your child off at day care.
  • Have your childcare provider call you if your child does not show up for childcare by a certain time.
  • Always lock vehicle doors and trunk and keep the keys out of a child's reach.
  • If you see a child unattended in a hot car, call 911, and get the child out as quickly as possible.

For more details on NHTA's "Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock" and a list of safety tips go to http://www.safercar.gov/parents/heatstroke.htm.

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