Smyrna – With today’s temperatures expected to reach the upper 80’s Safe Kids Delaware is issuing an advisory on the risk of heatstroke for children and how to prevent it. Heatstroke occurs when the body isn’t able to cool itself quickly enough and the body temperature rises to dangerous levels. Heatstroke can happen anytime, anywhere. Young children are particularly at risk as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s.
Parents are often surprised to learn how quickly cars heat up – 19 degrees in 10 minutes. Visit our website at www.safekidsde.org
to view a video on how fast this can happen. Symptoms of heatstroke include : dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, hot dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat, hallucinations. Symptoms can quickly progress from flushed, dry skin and vomiting to seizures, organ failure and death.
Safe Kids Delaware is asking everyone to help protect kids by never leaving a child alone in a car, not even for a minute, and asking everyone to share the following action plan information with family, friends and neighbors, so we can prevent a tragedy from happening in our state.
Safe Kids wants everyone to ACT:
A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
An examination of nationwide media reports about the 606 child vehicular heatstroke deaths for a fourteen year period (1998 through 2013) shows the following circumstances:
- 52% - child "forgotten" by caregiver (316 Children)
- 29% - child playing in unattended vehicle (175)
- 18% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (108)
- 1% - circumstances unknown (6)
For more information on heatstroke symptoms and prevention tips visit our website at www.safekidsde.org
and click on Heatstroke under Safety Topics. Stay updated regarding injury prevention information through our Twitter @safekidsde account and our Safe Kids Delaware page on Facebook.
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