On Sept. 17, a 2-year-old girl became the 97th child to die of “hot car death” between then and Jan. 1, 2018. — kidsandcars.org.
Between Jan. 1, 2018 and Sept. 4, 2019, 110 dog and other animal companion “hot car deaths” were reported, including six K-9 police officers. — PETA.org
Most incidents are not due to negligence, but memory failure — most often involving a change of routine. — Consumer Reports
There are several suggestions for pneumonic devices, including the proposed Hot Cars Act. But, taking off your left shoe is, as Brandon @animalbrandon McMillan* of CBS “Lucky Dog” says, “... the simplest and best trick I’ve ever learned because who would ever get out of their car and walk away with just one shoe on?”
Please join me in spreading awareness of this solution to this problem. Share, repost, copy, make your own graphic, or send me a photo and I’ll make a graphic with your shoe. Tag it with #offwithyourshoe . Save a life!
*A post by McMillan inspired this.
Please #lookbeforeyoulock and realize it can happen to anyone anywhere. “Sadly, a 2-year old died this afternoon inside a hot car in Hobbs, NM. This is the 41st Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke (PVH) death in the nation this year; and the 1st in New Mexico. See https://www.noheatstroke.org/“ Note: this happened on 9/17/19.
The pediatric vehicular heatstroke death total has just been raised to 40 after the death of a one-year old girl on May 18th in Indianapolis was ruled as a PVH death. #lookbeforeyoulock#itcanhappentoanyone
0 67 September, 2019
It is expected to be very hot over the next few days. Temperatures inside a car can dangerously soar in a matter of minutes. Before locking your car, double check to make sure no one is left behind. #ChildSafety#heatstrokekills#lookbeforeyoulock
Sadly, the 39th hot car death of the year occurred this week. It's still hot enough to cause heatstroke deaths. Never leave a child in the car, always lock cars and keep keys where curious hands cant get to them. #heatstrokekills#lookbeforeyoulock
#TrafficTipTuesday 👀 Look Before You Lock 🔐 🚙! As the heat 🔥continues, TPD reminds you to be mindful of children 🧒 and pets 🐾 in the 🚗. Always take a second glance into the backseat to ensure children and pets are not there. The heat inside a vehicle builds very quickly and can lead to a tragedy if you don't #lookbeforeyoulock
Georgia reported its first hot car death in 2019 recently. A young 21-month old died from being left in a hot car. These tragedies are all preventable. Please remember to #LookBeforeYouLock . #Montlick#AccidentLawyers
Did you know when it’s 90 degrees outside, it’s probably close to 10 degrees hotter in your car 🚗 + children in car seats adds anywhere from 3-5 degrees. #COOLoff the car if possible before heading out to the store, dinner, or wherever you’re headed. We have these nifty car stickers that can tell you the temperature in your car!
We have a limited number, if you would like one send us a message and stop by and pick one up!
8 2722 August, 2019
Cars heat up fast, and children and pets are in danger of serious injury after just a few minutes in a hot car. Look before you lock!
Today, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on twitter (@NHTSAGov) as they raise awareness about staying safe in the heat while traveling with children. One tip is to place a teddy bear 🐻 or other item in the front seat of your car as a reminder to check the back seat for your child. Or, if somebody else is driving your child, call 📞 to make sure they arrived safely. For more tips, visit https://bit.ly/2s9TGK9. #LookBeforeYouLock#HeatSafety
🔥Once a car in 80-degree weather is turned off and closed, it will heat up by ten degrees in the first five minutes, according to NoHeatstroke.org. Within an hour, it will be up to 123 degrees.
😢The New York Post reported that temperatures in the area where the young girl was left on Friday reached the upper 80s.
🙏🏼Make checking the back seat a routine! #NoMoreHotCarDeaths
Full Story Here: https://bit.ly/2Niknc8 [Via @people]
Hydration check! Be sure your mixing in sips of water along with your coffee (if that is your thing) or lunchtime beverage. 💦 #AZHeat is working overtime this week - so be sure to keep hydrated. Also remember to NEVER leave kids, adults or pets in vehicles. 🚫👀☀️ #LookBeforeYouLock#TucsonFire#azwx#tucsonfiredepartment
As temperatures remain high this week 🌡 it is crucial to keep heat safety tips in mind, especially when traveling with little ones. Tomorrow, August 20, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (@NHTSAGov) will host a live tweeting event where they will highlight the importance of safe car practices when traveling with children in the heat! For tips visit https://bit.ly/2s9TGK9. #LookBeforeYouLock#HeatSafety
A reminder that these triple digit temperatures we've been having can be deadly. ☠️ Hot cars are no joke. Be smart: DO NOT leave a child or pet in a hot car. #LookBeforeYouLock
0 416 August, 2019
¡El Centro va a hacer calor hoy! La temperatura máxima llegará a los 116 grados. Si debe de permanecer afuera recuerde beber mucha agua, tomar descansos frecuentes y usar protector solar. ¡Protege a los niños! No los deje en un auto caliente. #WheresBaby#LookBeforeYouLock
0 816 August, 2019
El Centro it’s going to be hot today! Highs will reach 116 today. If you must be outside during the heat of the day, remember to drink lots of water, take frequent breaks and use sunscreen. Protect your children! Do not leave them in a hot car. #WheresBaby#LookBeforeYouLock
As temperatures rise outside, take the necessary precautions to and protect you and your family. Stay safe, Louisiana! 🥤Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated 👚Wear light and loose-fitting clothing🏃♂️Limit your outdoor activities 💨Take breaks in the air conditioning or shade 🚗Never leave children or pets in the car unattended #lagov#LookBeforeYouLock
☀️ Summer Safety continued- today let’s talk about kids and cars and heat stroke.
On average, ~38 kids die from being left in a car each year. One may think this won’t happen to them, but when you consider the reasons one may forget their child in the back- busy schedules, fatigue, sleep-deprivation, distractions, change in routines, etc.- you might realize that even when well-intentioned, we may be in a position to forget something that seems unforgettable.
You may think this can only happen when it’s extremely hot outside, but this is a myth. There have been cases of children dying in this setting when the outside temperature was just in the low 60s! The temp inside a car can rise VERY quickly- we are talking even just in a few minutes- and the heat remains trapped inside. Cracking open a window will not slow down the rise in temperature or decrease how hot it gets inside.
Kids’ bodies overheat several times faster than adults’ and once overheated, they cannot properly cool themselves down, the body’s cooling mechanisms begin to fail.
Advocacy groups are trying to bring change to the car industry by encouraging the passing of laws that require sensors/ warning systems in cars that notify you when a child remains in the backseat. There are also alarms you can buy online.
What else can you do? If you are with your kids and are needing to make a “quick” stop, take your kids with you. Even a few minutes can cause serious harm and a quick errand can turn into an unintentionally longer one. I know it can be inconvenient to unload everyone, but don’t allow yourself to leave them inside. We know how we work, once turns into a second time, and so on.
If you see a child left alone in a car, do something. Many states have Good Samaritan laws to protect people who help in these situations- they do have some conditions so find your state’s rules. Regardless though, do something. Try to find the caretaker- they likely just forgot- call 9-1-1 if you cannot them. It’s hard to get involved, but may be harder to not.
Photos from Kidsandcars.org
6 2714 August, 2019
Temperatures in Florida are expected to reach potentially dangerous highs this week.
Vehicles can heat up very quickly, so it’s important to never leave a child alone in a vehicle and always remember to #LookBeforeYouLock !
#ad Our newest post deals with preventing heatstroke deaths in children. Unfortunately, children die every year from being left unattended in hot cars.
Parents and caregivers need to take precautions to make sure children are never left in the car alone—not even for a minute! #AutoAlliance has two behaviors you can implement for heatstroke prevention—ACT and Look Before You Lock. If you are a parent or caregiver, I urge you to check out this post (link in bio). You can never be too careful when it comes to your children! #LookBeforeYouLock#HeatStroke#IC
⚠️Look Before You Lock⚠️ As extreme heat is gripping the state we want to remind everyone to “Look before you lock!” On average, 38 kids die each year by being left in a vehicle. 88% are under 3 years old. 54% were forgotten by a caregiver. The total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths for 2019 is 21! These tragedies are 100% preventable! 👉Follow these tips to prevent heatstroke:
• NEVER leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are partly open, or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on.
• If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately!
• Don’t let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them a vehicle is not a play area.
• Make a habit of looking in the vehicle – front and back – before locking the door and walking away.
• Take steps to remember not to leave a child in a vehicle: - Write yourself a note and place it where you’ll see it when you leave the vehicle. - Place your purse, briefcase, or something else you’re sure to need in the back seat so you’ll be sure to see a child left in the vehicle. - Keep an object in the car seat, such as a stuffed toy. Once the child is buckled in, place the object where the driver will notice it when he or she leaves the vehicle.
• Always lock vehicle doors and trunks and keep keys out of children’s reach. If a child is missing, check the vehicle first, including the trunk.
• Ask your childcare center to call you if your child doesn’t arrive on time for childcare. 🐾Remember that this goes for pets too! NEVER leave them alone in a parked car! Visit https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Warm-Weather-Pet-Safety.aspx for more tips on how to keep pets safe in hot weather.
Please share this information with friends and followers wherever you can and help us prevent these terrible heatstroke tragedies. With one tweet or post (or print it out and pin it to a bulletin board if you’re old fashioned!) you can help save a child’s life.
Visit http://www.wheresbaby.org/ and https://www.noheatstroke.org/ for more info.
Now that the weather is getting hotter 🥵 it's so important to become informed on conditions like heatstroke (ad). Our kiddos are so precious- we need to do everything possible to keep them hydrated and safe during these summer months. Especially remembering to never leave our kids unattended in a hot car- not even for a minute!
Auto Alliance has launched a campaign in support of the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration’s called “Look Before You Lock: Never Leave A Child Alone in a Car” To learn more about it- check out our latest post!