Welfare Watch May 7, 2015 - Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention Safety Guidance for 2015

Help spread the word: Beat the Heat,Check the Backseat.



Public Information Notice

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

825 AM EDT Fri May 1 2015


To:       Subscribers:

          -Family of Services

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


          -Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees


From:     Eli Jacks

          Acting Chief, Forecast Services Division


Subject:  Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention

          Safety Guidance for 2015


In 2014, there were 30 heatstroke deaths of children left

unattended in vehicles, the first 7 occurred in April and May.

Though this figure is down from 44 reported in 2013, much

awareness is still needed. A child died in March of this year

after being left in a hot car. To help prevent more tragedies

such as this from occurring, the NWS once again is asking the

media to spread the word about the dangers of leaving children or

pets unattended in vehicles.


Studies show the temperature inside a vehicle can rapidly rise to

lethal levels, even on a relatively mild spring day, with outside

temperature less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit.


Heatstroke is the leading cause of all non-crash-related vehicle

fatalities involving children 14 and younger, 61 percent. On

average, 37 children die each year from excessive heat as a

result of being left enclosed in parked vehicles. That’s almost

2 children per week from May to September. Most often it is as a

result of parents or caregivers being distracted.


The NWS offers the following safety precautions to help avoid

tragic deaths of babies and young children.


-Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute.


-If you see a child unattended in a vehicle, call 9-1-1.


-Routinely look in the back and front of your vehicle before

locking and leaving your vehicle.


-Always lock your car even at home and ensure children do not

have access to keys or remote entry devices. Teach your children

that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.


-Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading,

including pets. Don’t overlook a sleeping baby.


-As a visual reminder, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat.

When the child is placed in the car seat, move the stuffed animal

to the front so the driver sees it.


-Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder

that you have your child in the car.


-Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not

show up for childcare.


Help spread the word: Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat

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