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. Cars heat up quickly – 19 degrees in 10 minutes – and tragedies can happen faster than you think.
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 information with family, friends and neighbors, so we can prevent a tragedy from happening in our state.
Top Safety Tips
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.
This video shows how quickly temperatures inside a car can increase, putting anyone inside of that car at risk of injuries or even death caused by heatstroke. This video was made with the support of the General Motors Foundation.
Symptoms of Heatstroke
Symptoms of heatstroke include : dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, hot dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty, loss of consciousness, rapid heart beat, hallucinations. --Symptoms can quickly progress from flushed, dry skin and vomiting to seizures, organ failure and death.
An examination of 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)
Safe Kids Worldwide Heat Stroke Page - http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke